No one in his or her right mind would be happy with the turnout of events that followed the recent #EndSARS protest. It was quite unfortunate that some hoodlums hijacked what initially began as a peaceful movement and turned it into terrible riots leading to massive losses for almost every state in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, new press updates have confirmed that the administration of FCT (Abuja) says a total of 43 tricycles, 3,432 motorcycles and 174 vehicles were looted by hoodlums during the riots that followed the #EndSARS protest.
FCTA says 43 tricycles, 3,432 motorcycles and 174 vehicles were looted by hoodlums during the recent riots in Abuja
According to news reports, DRTS in Abuja claims that over ₦1billion worth of loss was recorded after hoodlums invaded its Auto Pond office in Gosa during the recent riot that ensued post #EndSARS protests. The director of DRTS in Abuja gave the breakdown of these losses in his recent press briefing by stating that the alleged hoodlums carted away 43 tricycles (Keke NAPEP), 3,432 motorbikes and 174 cars.
He further revealed that the situation of things during the riot gave the hoodlums opportunity to loot the government facility for more than 3 days and even later went to also vandalize some offices in the building. The Director said that 40 solar panels, an electricity transformer and some other items were also looted during the attack.
Going by the words of the DRTS director, the estimated value of looted motorcycles stood at around ₦800 million while the vehicles were around ₦76 million which resulted in the ₦1billion overall estimate. Similarly, he mentioned that one uncompleted private estate near the office was looted and roofs of the houses in the estate were removed as well. Besides all of these, the hoodlums also vandalized many other governmental possessions.
Below is one of the press videos that captured moments when people began looting warehouses in Abuja during the recent unrest.
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