The government of Plateau State has issued a two day’s ultimatum to those who carted away COVID-19 palliatives, to return it to the nearest local government office or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
The acting Spokesman of the Plateau State Police Command, Donbey Peters, made this known in a press statement on Monday.
Recall that a warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were stored in the Bukuru community of Jos South Local Government Area of the state was broken into on Saturday, and all the palliative items in the store were carted away.
The state government had through a statement explained that, they took delivery of the items from the Federal government on the 16th of October 2020, and were making plans to distribute them across the state, when the hoodlums broke into the warehouse and took everything away.
Reacting to the development on Monday, the State Police Command described the act as criminal, calling on those who carted away the items to return the stolen palliatives before Wednesday.
The statement read thus, “Sequel to the ugly occurrences that bedevilled some parts of the state particularly Jos North and Jos South LGAs, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Edward Egbuka, has condemned in totality the breaking and looting into government warehouses, shops and private houses of individuals by hoodlums and other criminals within Jos and Bukuru metropolis under the guise of #EndSARS protests.
“He described it as an act of criminality aimed at truncating the tireless efforts of the police and other security agencies on the Plateau. This has led to the arrest of over a hundred persons.
“He stated that the Government of Plateau State is giving these looters the grace to return immediately, every looted item to the nearest local government office not later than Wednesday 28/10/2020. Anyone found in possession of any looted item after this date will be arrested and brought to book.”
According to the statement, the State commissioner of Police reminded residents of the state about the existing 24 hour curfew imposed in the state, saying the security agencies will not tolerate disobedience.