Hoodlums, who hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protests in Edo State to loot, have got seven-day ultimatum from the state’s Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo, to return the stolen arms, ammunition and other items or face dire consequences.
He also promised handsome rewards for persons with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the criminal elements who were involved in the looting and to recover the stolen arms, ammunition and other valuables.
Kokumo gave the ultimatum and made the promise yesterday in Benin, the state capital, in a statement by Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, a Superintendent of Police (SP).
Kokumo also pleaded with members of the public to always say something whenever they see something.
He declared that the seven-day ultimatum took effect from November 9.
Edo police commissioner stated that failure of the hoodlums to comply with his directive to return the looted items would make the command to adopt all legal means to arrest, disarm and prosecute the errant persons.
He said: “The criminal elements must return within seven days, with effect from November 9, 2020, the police and other security agencies’ arms, ammunition and other items looted during the attacks on government and private facilities in Edo State, in the guise of #EndSARS protests.
“Police cannot do it alone. Members of the public must collaborate with Edo State Police Command in the areas of information gathering and dissemination.
“Edo State Police Command wishes to thank members of the public, especially the law-abiding citizens of the state, for their concern and understanding during the period of #EndSARS protests that were later hijacked by hoodlums.”
Seven police stations were looted and razed in Edo, while the Maximum Correctional Centre (White House) on Sapele Road and Oko Medium Correctional Centre on Airport Road, both in Benin, were equally attacked by hoodlums during the bloody protests, leading to the escape of 1,993 inmates, with most of them immediately returning to crime.