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#EndSARS protests: FCTA loses over N1b property

17th Nov, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

Items worth more than N1billion were in lost in one store alone when hoodlums allegedly hijacked peaceful #EndSARS protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Director, FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), Wadata Aliyu Bodinga disclosed this on Tuesday when the FCT Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Losses caused by #EndSARS Unrest visited an Auto Pond in Gosa.

Giving a breakdown of the losses, Bodinga revealed that about 174 vehicles, 3,432 motorcycles and 43 rickshaws (tricycles) were carted away by the hoodlums, whom he added operated unchallenged for about three days vandalizing offices in the premises, stealing an electricity transformer and looting over 40 solar panels. He said: "We had over 3,432 motorcycles and not one of them was spared, not even a bolt was left because everything was completely looted. "We had about 174 vehicles and even the offices were vandalized, including the roof, which were removed. About 40 poles of solar have equally been removed; the observation post was vandalized.

"Anything metal, whether alloy or non-alloy, were removed. The fence was pulled down and the rods removed. About 43 Keke-NAPEP were stolen. I think the hoodlums stayed here for like three days or so, continuously looting the place. "We have evaluated the items. Like the motorcycles, we placed a value or N26, 000 on each and even at that value, you have money running into over N800 million and the value of the vehicles is about N76 million. So, in all, what has been looted here is over N1 billion." Abuja Digest Weekly gathered that a nearby private estate under construction was also looted, with the roof of the houses all removed.

At the Idu Industrial Layout, Chairman of Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger branch of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Odun Emasealu commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, for prompt intervention to halt the looting and decried that investments worth billions of naira had been lost in the protests. He said: "We have gone round and the industrial equipment looted are very expensive. They raided the buildings and vandalized equipment.15 to 20 factories were affected. They took away windows, doors and other things including toilet seats and bathtubs, all running into billions.

"They have rendered these factories totally incapacitated and in fact, the owners need to reinvest to get some of them back up again. We just hope that these people (owners) will not be demoralized; that they will have the faith to come up again." In Kuje, the Council's Central Store which contained medical supplies and other non-medical assets was also looted. The Council's ICT centre and library were raided with 20 desktop computers, eight standing fans and eight air conditioning systems, including 13 inverter batteries stolen.

The hoodlums also invaded the offices of the FCT Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) within the library premises, carting away office equipment and stationery. An attempt to invade the Kuje Area Council Secretariat was, however, stoutly resisted by soldiers but that was after the hoodlums had pulled down the rear perimeter fence of the Secretariat. The Women Centre in Jiwa was looted bare and the place presently turned into a 'public toilet' as the assessment team was welcomed into the premises by the pungent stench of human excreta.

The team also visited the palaces of the Gomo of Kuje and the Sarkin Jiwa to commiserate with them on the losses. Responding, the Sarkin Jiwa, Dr. Idris Musa said most of the hoodlums who invaded the Territory came from the far North and even Niger Republic. He urged the committee to monitor scrap collectors in the Territory, saying some of them also participated in the looting.

Chairman of the committee and Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Alhaji Abbas Idris said his team would do a meticulous job and present its findings to the relevant authorities. He said: "Honestly, the level of devastation is much. If you look at what we saw in Jiwa, Gwagwa, Kuje and Gosa area, you will know that billions of Naira have been lost in these circumstances. When you come to Idu Industrial Layout, many factories were invaded and it is just beyond anyone's imagination."

News Update

Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari, noted this last week when FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, presented the FCT 2021 National Priority Capital Budget to the Committee.

The UN envoy who gave the commendation when he led a team on a courtesy visit to FCTA, said his organization will continue to support FCTA in its fight to ensure that the virus is kept in check.

The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners have bestowed the Envoy Extraordinary award on the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for her meritorious service to the institute in particular and the nation at large.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has stressed the need to deploy the instrumentality of the capital market to revive the nation's economy, given the negative impact of Covid-19 and #EndSars protests on the country.


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