#EndSARS: Properties razed, looted as mob unleash mayhem in Calabar
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Guns and matchets-weilding young men have unleashed a reign of terror on residents of Calabar, razing down police stations, vandalising and looting public property, and not sparing houses and business concerns, which allegedly belonged to politicians in the state.
This happened few hours after Gov Ben Ayade had declared curfew, late Friday, after hoodlums had ransacked and vandalised First Bank, as well as government warehouses and carted away COVID-19 palliatives. They had also burnt down part of the building housing Chronicle Newspaper.
As if that was a dress rehearsal, the daring young men, who seemed to have overwhelmed the law enforcement agencies, went on a burning and vandalisation spree on Saturday. Atakpa and Tinapa Road police stations, INEC office and ministry of works warehouse were torched.
They further vented their anger on the state garment factory, vandalised and looted machines and equipment there, and thereafter, left for the NDDC office, the newly-built NLC secretariat, and CTRA office amongst others.
The uncontrollable young men, then, went after properties belonging to some politicians in the state, and, in the process, burnt down Sen. Gershom Bassey’s family house at Mayne Avenue, and his personal property at Asari Eso.
They also razed down a boulevard joint allegedly belonging to Ntufam Hilliard Eta. Sen. Victor Ndoma Egba’s house located at Asari Eso layout of the city was broken, looted and part of the building burnt down.
They later destroyed a filling station along Murtala Muhammed highway, which was believed to belong to Gov Ayade.
Recall that the state government had said the decision to declare curfew was because the ENDSARS peaceful protest had been hijacked.
“Following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state, the state governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has imposed a 24 hour curfew in the state, starting from 6pm on Friday, October 23, 2020.
“Residents of the state are advised to observe the curfew as security agents have been mandated to arrest anybody, who flouts it,” the statement, signed by the governor’s chief press secretary, Christian Ita, had stated.