People who claimed to have participated in the looting, vandalisation of warehouses and other public and private properties under the guise of looking for palliatives in the aftermath of the recent #ENDSARS protest, have returned the items in their possession to the government of Plateau State.
The looters have also asked for forgiveness from the Government of Plateau State.
According to a statement by Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State, the items were returned back to the state government on Wednesday.
The statement explained further that the repentant persons were led to the new Government House Rayfield Jos, by a popular evangelist of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Rev. Ezekiel Dachomo.
The man of God explained during the visit that the repentant persons had confessed been in possession of the palliative items during a prayer revival orgainsed at the Zang Secondary School Bukuru, Jos South Local Government.
He said further that over two thousand people came forward after the hearing the gospel where he preached against the recent looting and vandalism which affected public and private properties in the State.
According to Rev. Dachomo, having explained to them that the action was not just an invitation of the anger of God against the suspects but the entire State, some of the persons involved in the looting repented and decided to bring some of the items still in their possessions as a mark of restitution and plea for mercy from God and the Government of Plateau State.
He appealed to the Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong to temper justice with mercy by granting forgiveness to the repentant persons who voluntarily came forward at the revival meeting with a promise never to partake in such acts again.
While receiving the items on behalf of the Governor, the Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, commended Rev. Dachomo for appealing to the consciences of the affected persons who came forward to ask for forgiveness.
He said the action of the looters was a great disservice to the State as not only food items were looted, but heavy machinery, public infrastructure and businesses worth billions of naira were stolen and also destroyed.
He advised the youths of Plateau State to be wary of listening to incitement by people who are not even from Plateau State, but come into the State purposely to orchestrate the destruction after which they disappear to their places of origin just like during the ENDSARS protest.
He promised to forward the plea of the repentant persons to the Governor for further consideration.
Most of the items returned were food provisions looted from various warehouses.