By Stanley Onyekwere
No fewer than one billion Naira worth of vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles and other valuables were carted away from the FCT Auto Pond in the Gosa area of Abuja, during its invasion by suspected hoodlums, in the aftermath of the mayhem that trailed the recent #EndSARS protests.
It was gathered that about 174 vehicles, 3, 432 motorcycles, 43 Rickshaws (tricycles), electricity transformer and 40 solar panels were carted away by hoodlums.
This disclosure was made yesterday when the ‘FCT Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Losses caused by #EndSARS Unrest’ visited the Pond.
The Director, FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs), Wadata Aliyu Bodinga, said: “ We have evaluated the items. Like the motorcycles, we placed a value or N26, 000 on each and even at that value, you have money running into over N800 million and the value of the vehicles is about N76 million. So, in all, what has been looted here is over N1 billion”.
Our correspondent reports that the team also visited other affected places including palaces of the Gomo of Kuje and the Sarkin Jiwa to commiserate with them on the losses incurred in the wake of the crisis.
At the Idu Industrial Layout, Chairman of the Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger Branch of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN, Mr Odun Emasealu who commended the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for his prompt intervention to halt the looting, said billions of Naira in investments have been lost.
Also, in Kuje, the Council’s Central Store which contained medical supplies and other non-medical assets was also looted.
The hoodlums also invaded the offices of the FCT Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) within the library premises where they carted away office equipment and stationeries.
Chairman of the committee and Director General of the FCT Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idris said his team would so a meticulous job and present its findings to the relevant authority.
“Honestly, the level of devastation is much. If you look at what we saw in Jiwa, Gwagwa, Kuje and Gosa area, you will know that billions of Naira have been lost in this circumstances. When you come to Idu Industrial Layout, many factories were invaded and it is just beyond anyone’s imagination”, he stated.