Plateau government designates 7 courts to prosecute 307 suspected looters, hoodlums

Plateau State Government said it has designated 7 courts to prosecute 307 culprits arrested in connection with the looting of Palliatives and other government equipment.

The State Security Council equally said it has agreed to further fortify all check-points within Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas to give effect to the curfew imposed to restore peace before it takes the next line of action.

Newspot recalls that there have been massive looting in some warehouses and some government establishments within the council areas affected by the curfew in the last two days.

Briefing journalists after the State Security Council meeting, Prof. Danladi Atu said so far, the situation has been calmed but still fluid as there are still threats to attack other public and private businesses as well as individuals.

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He said, “security agencies have been mandated to embark on a massive manhunt for the arrest of looters and ensure materials are recovered while the culprits are prosecuted.

Atu, however, disclosed that, “So far, 7 courts have been designated for the prosecution of the 307 suspects arrested at various locations where the looting took place.

The Council warned the citizenry from consuming some of the looted food items saying, “they are dangerous for human consumption as they have been chemically treated for preservation.

Members of the public were further advised to be aware of these dangers and not patronize the product of these looters.

The Council also encouraged the sustenance of, “all channels of engagement and dialogue with youth groups, community leaders, professional bodies, associations and traditional rulers to foster more understanding that will lead to a de-escalation of the current situation.

Members of the security forces were commended for their efforts so far and encouraged to continue to work in restoring and maintaining peace in the State.

The Government again restated that there was no hoarding of palliatives as the looted items were delivered to the State by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development just before the End SARS protests began which made it difficult for the distribution to commence before the looting and destruction of the warehouses.

The council advised residents to be wary of propaganda and disinformation that is perpetrated through the social media to incite the people against the government and encourage chaos, saying, “no society can exist without law and order”.

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