No fewer than 120 suspected vandals and looters have been arrested by Adamawa state police command as the curfew imposed by the state government to stem the tide of looting enters day two.
But even after the imposition of the curfew, the hoodlums continued to vandalize, maim and loot both public and private properties.
The police spokesman in the state, Suleiman Yahya Nguroje disclosed this in an interview our reporter on Monday.
He said, ‘’some items recovered from the hoodlums include looted- tractors, farm implements, and other equipment stolen.
” We are yet to establish the casualty figures but investigation is still on.”
Nguroje, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) added that, “for now over 120 suspects have been arrested by the police and other security sister organizations for various criminal offenses ranging from arson, stealing, malicious damage to property and assault before and after the statewide curfew imposed by the Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to restore law and order in Adamawa,” he stated.
He explained that after investigation, the government will be prosecuting these suspects with prima facie cases, who allegedly took advantage of the #EndSARS protests to destroy and loot public and private properties in different parts of the state.
To this end, the police spokesman called on the people of the state to maintain peace, law, and order in their respective communities, pledging the commitment of the command to uphold the rule of law at all times.
Some places attacked include Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Red Cross, Secretariat, Adamawa Agricultural and Development Project (AADP) store and Mayo Belwa local government secretariat.
Confirming the looting, secretary, red cross society in Adamawa, Shuaibu Dauda told newsmen that, ‘’some hoodlums invaded our state branch office and carted away office materials and some other valuables.
‘’ As I’m talking to you, our computers and other office paraphernalia were all carted away.”
Also corroborating, Muhammad Baba-Kelly the information officer of Mayo-Belwa local government council stated that, “after ransacking agric store in Mayo Belwa, hoodlums are currently in the local government secretariat succeeded in breaking PHC store and carted away valuables, but I can hear police firing in the air to scare them.
‘’ Not only that, the boys had earlier entered AADP zone 3 store and carted away bags of treated rice and valuables, ‘’ Baba-Kelly has said.