POLICE

Police authorities in nine States on Wednesday paraded more than 400 more suspects for killing, looting and arson that trailed the #EndSARS protests across the country.

The Police in the Federal Capital Territory FCT arraigned 218 suspects in six mobile courts for their alleged involvement in looting at Kuje, Gwagwalada, Jabi, Idu and the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Orientation Camp in Kubwa.

Twenty six of the 420 paraded suspects were alleged to be involved in the killing of 10 officers of the Oyo and Anambra State Police commands.

They were also said to have participated in the burning of 11 police stations in the two states.

One of the nine suspects in Oyo State, confessed to have stolen two cartons of beer and a generator from the Iseyin Police Station.

 The Police in Anambra State paraded 17 suspects.

The other States where the police paraded suspects were Adamawa (218), Kano(59), Kogi(56), Kaduna(23) and Niger(17).

In the FCT, Police Spokesperson, Yusuf Mariam, said 210 suspects were arraigned before Mobile Courts.

 Police Commissioner Bala Ciroma said 79 suspects were arrested for “looting and vandalism” in the Idu Industrial Layout. The Police Spokesperson in a statement said:   “Within the last 48hours, the command has arrested and arraigned a total of 201 suspected looters, including women and made recoveries of some looted items, at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp-Kubwa, Kuje, Gwagwalada, Jabi and Idu.

All the suspects were arraigned before six   mobile courts on Wednesday, 28th October, 2020.”

Ciroma during an inspection of companies and warehouses vandalised in Idu with FCT Minister Muhammed Bello, said: “79 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the looting and vandalism.”

In Ibadan, a suspect, Raheem Toheeb, said he shared two the cartons of beer he took from the Iseyin Police Station last week among #EndSARS protesters during the protest.

The 28-year old Toheeb also said he returned a generator he carted away from the Station   after the youth leader in the town directed that all looted items be sent back.

Toheeb denied joining others to set the police station ablaze.

Commissioner of Police Nwachukwu Enwonwu told reporters in Ibadan, that the nine suspects were among those who carted away arms and ammunition from looted police stations.

He added that six police officers were murdered while five divisional police headquarters and police patrol vehicles were burnt down.

Officers and men of the Anambra State Police command headquarters in Awka   wept over the killing of four of their colleagues.

This was during the parade of the 17 suspects from Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi States arrested for the killings and arson that trailed the #EndSARS protests.



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