The police in Akwa Ibom State have apprehended 10 persons over suspicion of involving in the vandalization, looting and burning of public and private properties during the EndSARS protest in Uyo on Thursday.
Operatives of the state command were also able to recover some items worth millions of naira, which were allegedly stolen by the hoodlums from supermarkets, electronic and phone shops.
The state Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew, told a press conference that the feat was achieved with the assistance of the state government and men of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security (DSS).
The CP listed the arrested suspects as Victor Udoeka Effiong, Miss Emediong Michael James, Imedimfon Ime James Isaac John Udoh and Sunday Michael James.
Others are Wisdom Godswill Reuben, Ntiefon Ime Robert, Akaninyene, Abraham Livinus, Imoh Enobong Sunday and Isaac Sunday Udo.
He said: ”As the lead agency in internal security, we have great respect for peaceful protests and we have acted professionally during its progression in the state.
“However, yesterday (Thursday), some youths with evil intentions in the guise of #ENDSARS went about vandalising, looting and burning some government and private property, including the Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC); Anchor Insurance, De Choice Shopping Mall, L.G showroom, and Access Bank Plc.
”I am, however, delighted to inform you that our quick deployment of Anti-Riot Policemen in conjunction with the efforts of sister security agencies such as the Army and DSS, and the efforts of the state government have restored normalcy in Uyo and the state in general.”
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