Written by Sarah NEGEDU

End SARS vandalism: FCTA pledges compensation

Succor may be coming the way of traders and mechanics at the Apo mechanic village, as the FCT Administration has promised full compensation for vehicles and properties destroyed during the recent violence that hit the area.

The FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, while inspecting the level of damage in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest that turned violent in parts of the territory, charged residents not to allow external forces bring disunity among them.

Bello explained that the FCT administration has already 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.

“We are here on solidarity visit to express our heartfelt condolences for all what 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 other.”

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of State, FCT Dr. Ramatu Aliyu urge residents of Apo to eschew further violence and give peace a chance.

According to her, “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, said over N200 million worth of vehicles and properties were razed in the fire started by hoodlums.

He said, “I must painfully say that we have lost not less than N200million 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.

“We are using this opportunity to plead to FCT administration to give us a better place to build our mechanic village so that we can also fence it appropriately to avoid disasters like this.”

Meanwhile, the senator representing FCT at the National Assembly, Sen. Philip Aduda, has distanced himself from the #EndSARS protests that have turned violence in the territory.

The senator who was also on the entourage of the minister to inspect the level of violence done at the Apo and Dutse are of the FCT, noted that youths in the FCT have right to protest, but not outside the context of law.

Aduda expressed shock over a picture being circulated on the social media, where he was being portrayed as supporting one of the youths who claimed to be spokesperson for Abuja natives.

“Protest is allowed by the law, not violence. I support the #EndSARS protests but youths must not make it look as if it is war.

“I am not part of violence protests especially the recent one in some parts of Abuja, because I am a leader does not mean that I will support something that is outside the law. Let us adhere strictly to law and bad tendencies,” he said.



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