Looters return 35 tractors, other stolen items in Adamawa
NEWSMAN, Yola – Following the directive by Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, giving looters 12 hours to return all stolen items, over 35 tractors, customs fatigue, and vehicles have been recovered.
The items were carted away in the unrest that followed the #EndSARS protest against police brutality.
Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju, said 184 out of the suspects were apprehended for breaking in and looting of both government and private warehouses and homes.
While 54 were arrested for violating the curfew put in place by the state government.
The commissioner said “so far 35 tractors, 22 hand tractors, 28 hand tractors hoes, ejection sprayers, 142 bags of fertilizers among, others have been recovered” through the effort of the police and other sister security agencies.
Other recovered items according to Adeyanju, include nine vehicles and 12 tricycles.
The CP further said that they are still recovering more looted items and apprehending more suspects.
Adeyanju also warned against the purchase of looted items, saying anyone found in possession of looted properties will be arrested and prosecuted.
The governor had threatened that he will sign an executive order to ensure the revocation of the C of O or outright demolition of any house that harbours stolen items.
It would be recalled that the state has witnessed a near breakdown of law and order on Sunday and Monday this week as hoodlums take the state under siege and went on a looting spree.
Properties vandalized or looted within the state capital include; Customs Office, Federal Road Safety Office, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NEMA office, COVID-19 Isolation Centre at Kofare, Shamad Concept Nig. Ltd, North East Commodity Association (NECAS), Kofare.
Other public and private warehouses in Demsawo, Nyako Quarters, Bakin Kogi, Mayanka, Upper Benue, AADP, LEA, Yola South, Red Cross opposite FMC, Aliyu Mustafa College; Dr Belel’s workshop, private farms amongst others were also vandalized and looted.