Adamawa Governor gives looters 12 hours to return stolen items

The Adamawa State Government has given a 12 hour ultimatum to the hoodlums who broke into both government and private warehouses and homes to return whatever they looted to the nearest Police Station between 6:00 pm on Tuesday to 6:00 am Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

The ultimatum was given in a state-wide broadcast in the wake of looting across public and private property in the state, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said the search would include houses of traditional rulers, from the ward to the district level.

This ultimatum will expire at 6:00 am on Wednesday, 28th October, 2020, after which he would sign an Executive Order for the commencement of a house-to-house search to begin by 7:00 am of the same Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

Governor Fintiri said the efforts of his administration had so far yielded positive results, with the gradual return of relative peace and the arrest of 155 suspects, who were now in police custody, the recovery of nine vehicles and 12 tricycles loaded with the looted goods.

The Adamawa State Governor said part of the provision of the order included a sanction that would attract the withdrawal of Certificate of Occupancy and if necessary, the demolition of every house that harboured any of the Stolen properties.

He called on all law abiding citizens of the state to cooperate with the Security agencies to ensure the enforcement of the directive.

It will be recalled that hoodlums on Sunday, October 25, 2020, broke into the state warehouses and looted the state emergency reserves and the partly delivered CACOVID support to the State on Sunday, which continued with a lethal effect, when the hoodlums, extended their heinous activities to other public institutions and private properties, even with an indefinite curfew imposed on the state.

However, despite the total and indefinite curfew imposed to the state, the Adamawa State Governor said he was shocked the level of havoc rendered in the last two days within the state.

“I received briefings from relevant stakeholders on. With shock, we received the report of attacks on the Customs Office, Road Safety, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NEMA office, COVID-19 Isolation Centre at Kofare, North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Kofare, public and private warehouses in Demsawo, Nyako Quarters, opposite airport, behind Zenith bank, bakin kogi, Mayanka, Upper Benue, AADP, LEA, Yola South, Red Cross opposite FMC, Aliyu Mustafa College; Dr. Belel’s workshop, Private farms, etc. we are still taking stock of extend of loot and damages to properties of government and private entities. The loss is materially colossal but more enormous is the loss of moral values driven by greedy criminal urge to steal. We condemn in strong terms the outright demonstration of brigandage as barbaric, criminal and a recipe for anarchy,” Governor Fintiri said.

He said the recent ugly break-ins were a major setback, despite his administration efforts in the development of the State, especially with the Adamawa peace project.

The Adamawa State Governor said although there was general poverty in the land, with a growing unemployment rate that was alarming, the government decided to create the Ministry of Entrepreneurship to build the capacity of the state investments and manage them successfully.

“We are training many youths who are willing to be off the street and creating enabling environment for SMEs to thrive. We have advertised for employment of 2000 teachers for secondary schools in the State. I urge qualified candidates to take advantage and collect employment forms free from any zonal office close to them,” Governor Fintiri said.

Incidentally, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 is the Governor’s birthday, he solicited for a special birthday gift, which is a commitment to making Adamawa a peaceful State.



Source: Voice of Nigeria