The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has condemned the act of the hoodlums who have hijacked peaceful protest by looting , maiming, killing and causing chaos in the state.
He warned the hoodlums hiding under the guise of #ENDSARS protest to perpetuate arson and destruction of public and private assets in the state not to contend with the law.
He gave the warning while inspecting buildings and other structures torched on Wednesday night in Asaba by hoodlums pretending to be members of #ENDSARS protesters.
He said that he was in support of the reforms in the country being championed by the #ENDSARS peaceful protesters.
The governor called on residents of the state to be vigilant and also synergize with security operatives and the government in fashioning out ways to arrest and prosecute those behind the dastardly act.
“Unfortunately it appears some people are not quite happy with the beautification we have done here, and they decided to vent their anger and criminality on the gardens; they destroyed everything, cut down trees just to deface the city.”
“It’s very unfortunate and you can see that a lot of damage has been done to the High Court that was set on fire.”
The places visited by the governor were Koka Modern Leisure Park, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office, both on Asaba-Benin Expressway and the High Court Complex on Ibusa road, Asaba.
“We also visited the FRSC Office and you saw the level of destruction there as well as the beautiful garden we put up at the Ibusa junction that was also destroyed.”
In the Governor’s words “I know that is not the intention of those who started the protest but the criminal elements among us have come in and tried to perpetrate this level of arson and violence.
“It’s obviously unacceptable, and our people must generally condemn it and I believe that even our youths, themselves, are quite unhappy with this.
“I urge our youths to stay vigilant because we cannot allow miscreants and criminals to destroy our collective will to develop this place”.
The Governor urged all traditional rulers and opinion leaders to call communities up and ask them to defend their collective will and purpose to develop the state.
“We cannot allow people to conduct themselves in such a manner that will commit this level of arson that we have seen.
We will continue to dialogue with our youths, those who meant well by asking for reforms, but for the criminal elements, the law will have to take its course.”