#EndSARS violence: AMAC, Gwagwalada worst hit · N4.5bn lost in two councils · To gulp 90% FCTA compensation · Families of deceased to get N3m
Over 90 percent of the businesses that were looted and vandalized in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest in Abuja, are located in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, and Gwagwalada area council, a report has shown.
A report by the FCT #ENDSARS Unrest Damage Assessment Committee shows that of the total N4.831bn estimated to have been lost in the violence, businesses in Gwagwalada area council alone suffered a loss of N2.312billion, while those in AMAC lost properties worth N2.201billion to the violence.
The report, a copy of which was sighted by The Abuja Inquirer, shows that 244 private and public premises were affected by the violence in AMAC, while a total of 37 public and private properties were either looted or vandalized in Gwagwalada area council.
Among properties raided in AMAC include the DRTS Auto Pond in Gosa, which was completely destroyed and vehicles carted away.
The FCT Women Centre Jiwa, Agric store house in Gwagwa, multiple stands at the Apo mechanic village, makeshift market at Kabusa junction, among several others were reportedly affected by the mayhem.
The CACovid palliative warehouse, the FCTA Agric Fertilizer store, FCT FADAMA house, the FRCN Radio House, as well as the Tungan-Maje warehouse were also not spared in Gwagwalada.
The report further shows that Kwali, Bwari and Kuje area councils suffered relatively low losses, estimated at N215.802million, N46million, and N33.452million, respectively.
Unfortunately, eight persons were reportedly killed in the fracas, with seven of the deaths recorded in AMAC and one case recorded in Bwari Area council. The committee however recommended that the sum of N3million be paid as compensation to families of the deceased.
Four persons in Kwali, AMAC, Bwari and Gwagwalada also suffered various degrees of injuries with a compensation plan of between N300,000-N500,000 suggested.
Other recommendations made by the committee include the need for improved and effective communication with the citizenry in order to be well informed of government initiatives and programmes.
The committee also suggests that the FCT Administration embarks on massive skills acquisition programme for youths across the six area councils, as it believes that, “The youth participation in most of the agitations involving #EndSARS relates with the increasing level of youth unemployment in the territory.”
The report also calls for the need to embrace community policing and properly fund same, in order to bridge the policing gap in the territory.
“Similarly, the area councils’ administration should be enlightened on the concept of neighborhood watch and the multiplier advantages inherent in the scheme.”
The committee had, last week, presented its report to the FCT minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, exactly two weeks after it was set up with the task of assessing the losses and damages occasioned by the #ENDSARS unrest.
Receiving the report, Bello commended the committee for the timely submission of its report and assured that issues raised will be critically looked into with the view to ensuring that there is no repeat of such incident in the nation’s capital.
He said: “We will look at the report and use it as a means of ensuring that we don’t allow such to happen again in the future. I am sure the content of the report will guide the Administration to do the needful.”
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