Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has in strong terms condemned the looting of the NEMA warehouse and private properties looted and vandalized by hoodlums in Yola, the state capital.
On Sunday, thieves ransacked the National Emergency Management Agency’s warehouse and some nearby private properties, and the governor said that he would not stand idly by and allow this to happen.
In a statewide broadcast, Governor Fintiri said that the period of politics was finished and that criminality of any kind would not be tolerated in the state.
According to Governor Fintiri, the opposition’s efforts to destabilise his government in the name of politics are not worth the public’s pain.
“The government storehouse was attacked on July 30. Everyone should agree that attacking a government warehouse is a terrible idea. About 90 people have been apprehended so far who were discovered engaging in brigandage.
I shall sign an Executive Order authorising a house-to-house search at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, unless all looted items are returned to the nearest police stations by that time.
I’m insisting that families turn over their troubled kids and stolen goods to the police.
The state capital’s 24-hour curfew has been reduced to a 12-hour regime from sundown to dawn at the recommendation of security services. Everyone in the community must stand against crime. Criminal charges would be brought against the offenders and their enablers.
Everyone living in Adamawa’s 21 LGAs has a right to hold their government to account. The deviant right has been used by a few hoodlums in one or two Local Governments to rob public buildings of emergency cash. Although not exclusive to Adamawa State, this barbaric behaviour demonstrates the need to solve social problems worldwide. Parents have primary duty, but the government can help.
Ninety people were taken in during the brigandage. Preliminary data suggests that corrupt officials and incompetent bureaucrats are to blame for the current economic downturn. Everyone who contributed to or aided this vicious downward spiral into anarchy will be met with severe punishment from the authorities.
Those who would cause trouble in the state have until August 1, 2023 at noon to turn over any looted goods from storage facilities to the nearest Police Station. When the deadline arrives, an executive order will be issued authorising a house-to-house search, along with sanctions allowing the revocation of C of O and demolition of homes found to contain stolen items. Law-abiding citizens should work with authorities to ensure this decree is carried out.
Since the palliatives are expected to reach every household in the state, the 24-hour curfew in the state capital has been reduced to 12 hours from nightfall to morning. The government is dedicated to finding these offenders and bringing them to justice, and the rollout of palliative care is progressing as expected.