In response to the 12-hour ultimatum given by the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, many looters have begun to return items stolen from government and private properties.
It would be recalled that the governor had given looters up to 6 am on Wednesday, October 28, to return all looted items and threatened to issue an executive order to enforce a house to house search.
According to Governor Fintiri, part of provision of the order is a sanction that will attract withdrawal of Certificate of Occupancy and if necessary, demolition of every house that habours any of the stolen properties.
An aide to the Governor, Miracle Musa said that a number of residents in Yola and Jimeta have started returning the stolen items to their wards heads while some dropped them on the roads for the authorities to pick.
Some of the items returned include fridges, tractor parts, water pumps, office furniture, medical equipment, bags of fertilizer and 48 out of 110 tractors carted away by looters.
“These stolen items where returned but hidden under a culvert down Gimba Road close to Target Junction near Dlam and. The looters decided to drop them there so that Government can be alerted. They carried out this return at night based on the directive and ultimatum given by Governor Fintiri. Look carefully around your vicinity there might be stolen things stashed away or dumped” he captioned one of the posts.
Properties vandalized or looted within the state capital include; Customs Office, Federal Road Safety Office, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NEMA office, COVID-19 Isolation Centre at Kofare, Shamad Concept Nig. Ltd, North East Commodity Association (NECAS), Kofare.
Other public and private warehouses in Demsawo, Nyako Quarters, Bakin Kogi, Mayanka, Upper Benue, AADP, LEA, Yola South, Red Cross opposite FMC, Aliyu Mustafa College; Dr Belel’s workshop, private farms amongst others were also vandalized and looted.