Those Looting Palliative In Warehouses Are Not Hungry Or Angry Nigerians Says Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to Muhammadu Buhari On Media And Publicity, Femi Adesina

Wakeupafrica360 has gathered through its correspondent that the special adviser on media and publicity to president Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina had alleged that some Nigerians involved in the looting experienced in some part of the country in recent times didn’t get involved because they were angry or hungry. According to him, they dis so because they were simply taking advantage of the collapse of law and order caused by the #EndSARS protests. He made this known on Thursday, October 29 when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program where he declared that poverty has nothing to do with the invasion of Covid-19 palliative warehouses. He further stated that those who believe the shooting on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters by security operatives at the Lekki toll gate plaza prompted the cases of vandalism and looting that came after it are falling short of the narrative by Amnesty International who he noted shouldn’t know more than the government on such matters. According to him,  “Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would it justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money? Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the looting. Criminality will always be criminality and mere anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the last two or three weeks led to what has happened now. If there was cohesion and tranquility in society, this wouldn’t happen. Therefore, it was corollary to the mere anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protests. If you didn’t have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you wouldn’t have this spate of looting. So, I don’t agree that it is all about poverty. Yes, in any country, you will have at any given time, you will have people who are poor, who are hungry and that is one of the reasons why you have government is to ensure that the number of poor and hungry people is reduced.”

On other news making the rounds at this hour, the Nigerian police has countered reports by Amnesty International that citizens who were protesting were shot by security agencies. Reports had it that earlier before now, Amnesty International had accused the police and the military of violating rights of Nigerians demanding the reform of the police. The Police spokesman, Frank Mba therefore reacted to this statement noting that the protesters killed not less than 22 policemen.

Nigerian Police Force Spokesman, Frank Mba

According to him, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, has affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country. The IGP made this observation following report by Amnesty International dated 21st October, 2020 that Police personnel shot at peaceful protesters. He described the Amnesty Int’l report as untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidences. The IGP noted that during the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters. He reiterated that even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations. Available Reports show that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life threatening conditions at the hospitals. Two hundred and five (205) Police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters. Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report. It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland. The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report. One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person.”

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