173 views | Emmanuel Anthony | October 25, 2020
There was massive looting in Osogbo, Ede, Ikirun, Iwo and other parts of the Osun State on Saturday.
Earlier, it was gathered that hoodlums on Saturday, forcefully entered a private warehouse at MDS, Old Garage, Osogbo where they looted motorcycles, television and among others.
The hoodlums with all sorts of dangerous weapons, burst into a private company owned by Osun business mogul, Chief Tunde Badmus and carted away valuables.
However, it was also gathered that miscreants looted the constituency office of Hon. Bukola Oyewo, representing Irepodun/ Olurunda/Osogbo/Orolu Federal Constituency at Oroki estate, Osogbo.
In a video, the hoodlums were seen carting away motorcycles, grinding machines, refrigerators, among others.
It was also reported that the miscreants stormed Omoluabi garment factory along Gbongon-Osogbo road, Osogbo and took away showing machines, plastics chairs, among others.
Also on Saturday, the hoodlums invaded into the All Progressives Congress Secretariat in Osun and took away furniture and electronics.
Another video showed how hoodlums carted away valuables from private stores in Ikirun and Iwo.
Motorcycles store in Ikirun were raided while Iwo Local Government Secretary was also set ablaze. Other private stores in Osogbo, Ikirun were reportedly looted on Saturday.
Rampaging youths had on Friday discovered a warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were hidden in Ede.
It was gathered that the residents had identified the MDS warehouse as one of the places where COVID-19 palliatives were being kept but could not access the facility due to the military personnel manning the storehouse.
However, National Silo located around Osun-ankara area, Ilesa was on Friday looted as residents reportedly carted away bags of grains.
Meanwhile, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Saturday imposed a 24-hour curfew across the whole state with immediate effect till further notice.
The state government had on Friday lifted a 24-hour curfew earlier declared in the state to forestall the breakdown of law and order to protect the lives and property of citizens and residents.
However, Oyeola said after an Emergency Security Meeting on Saturday where the whole situation was reviewed and assessed, the state government came to the inevitable conclusion to declare a curfew.
The Governor, while speaking, said it is unfortunate that hoodlums and criminals have taken advantage of government’s action to wantonly loot government and private property, including private business premises and homes in several parts of the State this morning.
Oyetola described the act of looting as unacceptable and it stands condemned.
“This inevitable conclusion was reached to avert the continuation of this irresponsible act, especially now that the genuine protesters have suspended their protest earlier today.
“My fellow citizens, the declaration of a 24-hour curfew, which will be indefinite until further notice, is to prevent the current state of anarchy from degenerating into a large-scale breakdown of law and order.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there shall be no vehicular (including Okada) or human movement during this period. Only those on essential duties will be permitted to move around. These persons too must carry with them proper identification to allow access.
“Violators of the curfew rules shall be prosecuted in line with the extant laws of the State.
“I enjoin all our citizens and residents to return home and remain in their homes until further notice,” he said.