The Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Tunde Mobayo has lamented that some hoodlums attacked and destroyed properties worth several millions of naira during the #EndSARS protest in the state.
The Ekiti CP in a statement on Sunday issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu explained that the protesters allowed some thugs to hijack the protest and vandalize public properties.
According to the statement, at least four vehicles parked at the Ikere Area Command as well as Ikere Divisional Police Headquarters were destroyed on Saturday during the attack.
It added that the buildings of the Ikere Area Command, Ikere Divisional Police Headquarters were also not spared by the hoodlums as window glasses, fence, and gates of the buildings were destroyed.
Mobayo used the occasion to warn protesters to ensure their good intentions are not totally hijacked by hoodlums willing to cause havoc. He also appealed to parents to keep their children and wards under close watch.
”The command implore parents, guardians and all stakeholders to warn their wards to refrain from engaging in any form of violent protest, or act that could alter the peace of our dear society.
“On Saturday, October 17, a group of hoodlums in their large numbers, in the name of protest, went wild and attacked Ikere Area Command as well as Ikere Divisional Police Headquarters, destroying items worth millions of naira in the process.
”Part of the items destroyed are; the Area Command and the Divisional Headquarters fences/gates, Area Command and Divisional Headquarters signposts, about 40 window glasses, four vehicles parked at the station and the roof of a building close to the station among others.
”The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, CP Tunde Mobayo, however, condemns such attack on police properties and innocent citizens, noting that the attack could be described as barbaric, wicked and uncalled-for.
”The commissioner hereby enjoins those who wish to protest to be more organised in a way that should not affect the rights of other members of the society.
“They should be peaceful and should not give room for miscreants to hijack such peaceful protest,” the statement reads in part.