The chairman of the recovery committee of looted items, Mallam Ahmad Bashir, has disclosed that the #EndSARS protesters have willingly returned about 70 – 80 percent of items they looted while the protests lasts.
Bashir who is also the Secretary to Adamawa State government made the disclosure when members of the Adamawa State house of assembly Ad-hoc committee on assessment of public and private warehouses/offices vandalized during the #EndSARS protests paid him a courtesy call at his office after rounding off their assignment, Wednesday.
The ad-hoc committee was set of by the speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon Aminu Iya Abbas to ascertain the level of damage and destruction wrought by the unruly protesters.
Bashir told the committee that in the wake of the protests, the state government had constituted a committee to collect and warehouse items willingly returned by those who looted them.
Bashir disclosed that the committee has collected and warehoused a number of items at various locations including police barracks, police headquarters, Doubeli police station, mopol barracks police station and Wuro Hausa police station and are being catalogued.
He told the lawmakers that he had a chat with the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations who is in charge, and assured him that he will make a comprehensive list of the recovered items and forward to him probably next week.
He expressed happiness with the level of compliance on the part of those who looted the items culminating in the high level of success so far recorded noting that such gesture was unprecedented.
He explained that going by his committee’s assessment, almost 70 to 80 percent of the items have been returned, saying that NECAS which is one of the organisation that lost 108 tractors, was able to recover 105 tractors in various forms and shapes.
Bashir stated further that based on the record, some of the tractors are intact, while some of them are cannibalised beyond repair, and that the organisation’s technical personnel are working on them.
In his speech, leader of the ad-hoc committee, Hon. Japhet Kefas (Gombi state constituency) said his committee has gone round the affected facilities and will submit its findings very soon.
Some of the affected areas visited by the committee include; Adamawa state Agricultural Mechanization Agency, (AAMA), ADSEMA storage facility, cooperative office, Federal Road Safety Commission’s head office, NECAS’ Warehouse and NEMA storage facility.
Others are; Primary Health Care Development Agency, Essential Drugs, Red Cross’ Office, NYSC camp, Salihu Bakari’s farms, NICOTAN along MAUTECH road, Custom’s office and warehouse and several other places.
Kefas, said that the house had condemned the destruction caused during the protest, saying it is unacceptable even as he said proactive measures will be taken to prevent future occurrence of the ugly situation.
He informed him that his committee deemed it imperative to visit his office being the chairman of the state recovery committee so as to be furnished with relevant information/documents to that effect to enable them file their report.