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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory [FCT] Malam Muhammadu Musa Bello, said a committee will be constituted to ensure proper collation of all vehicles and property destroyed and compensation would be paid adequately.
Bello stated this yesterday when he paid a solidarity and fact finding mission to Apo Mechanic village as well as Dutse Alhaji in Bwari Local Government Area in Abuja,..
He also appealed to residents of Apo Mechanic village, Gudu in Abuja Municipal Area Council [AMAC] not to allow external forces to divide them but to strive and live together in peace.
According to the Minister, ‘’Don’t allow external forces to divide us, a committee is being worked out by this Ministry to ensure proper collation of all vehicles and property destroyed and compensation would be paid adequately’’.
It would be recalled, the EndSARS protesters were attacked by hoodlums on Tuesday and Wednesday this week when they took their protests to these parts of the territory.
The attackers maimed, killed and set ablaze car marts that resulted to the burning of several cars and properties but took the prompt action of security agencies to stop the mayhem the following day.
He said that his administration held a security meeting with stakeholders drawn from across board to ascertain the level of damages before setting up a committee will ensure full payments of compensations to victims across board.
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of state, FCT Dr. Ramatu Tiijani Aliyu urge residents of Apo to stop further violence and give peace a chance.
Aliyu noted, ‘’We are here on solidarity visit to express our deep heart felt for all that happened following the destructions that took place here on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, we share your grief, but we are begging you to let us come together again as one, all of us are here in the FCT to look for what to eat not what will divide us, by the grace of God, the administration has already put in place efforts to compensate those that lost one thing or the others’’.
‘’As a mother, I have come to beg you to let us remain one, we must help government by maintaining peace so that we can all benefit from the dividends of democracy, we must be united as one cause Abuja has brought us together as one.
Responding, the Chairman, Apo Traders Association, Mr. John Chimeze Ife, informed the Ministers that over N200 million worth of vehicles and properties were lost to the hoodlums.
‘’Sir, I must painfully say that we have lost not less than N200 million worth of cars and properties to the hoodlums who came from nowhere to attack us, we never belong to the EndSARS protesters, we have been here for very long time, we are peaceful people and we will remain so’.
According to him, ‘’We are using this opportunity to plead to FCT administration to give us better place to build our mechanic village so that we can also fence it appropriately to avoid disasters like this’’.
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