TEN banks, LG Secretariat, IBEDC office destroyed, looted in Ogun riots – POLICE

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POLICE have disclosed that not less than 10 banks were destroyed and looted during the violent protested that rocked Shagamu community area of Ogun State during the week as a result of Naira scarcity.



This, according to the police, is in addition to the Council Secretariat and the station of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) torched in the attacks.



Newsmen report that the riot attributed to the naira scarcity had begun in front of the Palace of the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, with some youths barricading roads and setting bonfire.

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It later escalated to other parts of the metropolis as riotous youths burnt down banks, invaded council secretariat and carted away with mace.



The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, described the attack as criminal, senseless, evil, and barbaric.



Adejobi who tweeted via twitter handle said “Almost 10 banks were destroyed, IEDC station burnt, many places torched, why? It’s quite unfortunate that those who orchestrated the act won’t feel the heat, like the innocent, because the perpetrators have nothing.

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“Those who instigated them to do so are clueless and will all be fished out. Anyway, many have been arrested, and they will be charged to court with Arson etc, while other perpetrators will be identified one by one, its a matter of time.”

Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, visited Sagamu for on-the-spot assessment of buildings and property affected by the unrest, with a declaration that the State Government would go after those involved in the arson and wanton destruction of the public property.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the assessment tour of the affected areas, the Governor described the level of destruction of properties as shocking and never seen in the history of the town.

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He reiterated that despite the violence that broke out in the country as the result of the EndSARS protest two years ago, Ogun State was relatively peaceful, as it did not record any destructive protest or violence, wondering why such happened now.

He expressed thanks to God that no life was lost and to the people for remaining calm in the face of such provocation, assuring that the Government would support those who are affected.

The Governor further appealed to the people to go about their normal businesses peacefully, saying that adequate security would be provided by the law enforcement agencies.

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