By Samuel OJ Temibi – Lokoja
Kogi state government has lost a whopping of 44 billion naira to the #EndSars protest that was reportedly highjacked by “hoodlums and “irate citizens of the state”
Speaking on Friday, Hon Commissioner for Finance And Economic Planning, Idris Ashiru who is the chairman of the committee set up by the governor to ascertain the level of damages done in the heat of the #EndSars protest across the state and to give report on the number of items that was carted away, said that a total number of 4,604,182 items and facilities with a total value of N44,640,336,131.34 has been determined as either “carted away or destroyed”
On the Oct 3rd, Nigerian youth came out en masse to protest against police brutality, unjust harassment and killing of innocent youth across the state, a development that left all states been shutdown due to road blocks occasioned by the protests. Kogi state was not left out in the struggle to put an end to the “unconstitutional conduct” of the police, however, reports has it that, some “disgruntled” people bursted into the state’s warehouse, public properties and carted away items worth 44 billion naira. The worst is, the state reported that, hoodlum carted away an expensive medical equipments.
Giving reports to the governor, the committee made recommendations on how to replace the items as well as compensate private citizens whose stores were vandalized.
“Budgetary allocations to be made in 2021 appropriation bill for the replacement and reconstruction of some of the items and structures vandalised or carted away.
“The state government will like to seek the intervention and support of the federal government, donor agencies and corporate organizations,” Ashiru said.
The governor, however said that, youth should not allow disgruntled politicians and those who are not loyal , those that are not patriotic, those who have no interest of this country to use them.
The Governor urged security agents to return to their duty posts, assuring them that the President is equal to the task of reforming the police.