Protesters calling for #ENDSARS have attacked Federal Government facilities in Benin City, the Edo State capital. As a result, Governor Godwin Obaseki has imposed a 24-hour curfew as the city counts its losses.
Among the government facilities attacked were the Edo State Office of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, the Nigeria Correctional Centre(Prisons), and at least, three police stations. What the protesters could not loot at the NDDC office, they destroyed or set ablaze. A member of staff of the Commission working in the NDDC State Office, who spoke with The Neighbourhood, said that nothing was spared the venom of the #ENDSARS protesters.
While the interventionist agency’s office lost all computers, printers, TV sets, fridges, and other tools for work, its only operational vehicle as well as the power generating sent, was burnt.
The protesters, who also attacked the Benin Correctional Centre, where they freed prisoners and those awaiting trial, took their anger to police stations within the state capital, where they sacked policemen on duty and burgled their armoury. They reportedly carted away service guns and bullets.
The Neighbourhood gathered that the attack on NDDC State Office may have been planned days ahead prior to the incident.
It was learnt that the protesters had begun to assemble at a location at about 5.00pm, and had included some women and children. However, at about 7.00pm when they reportedly stormed the office, only young men were left. The protesters, it was disclosed, were chanting war songs, shouting “Corruption!”, “Where is the money?” All efforts made by the Commission’s State office to convince the police to intervene were rebuffed as the police reportedly told the office they were helpless. It was the unchallenged attack on the NDDC facility that motivated the protesting young men to the police stations.
A source in Benin City told The Neighbourhood that the protesters did “maximum damage” on the Commission’s State office, wondering what their reason for such an action was. “What they could not loot, they destroyed”, the Benin City resident told The Neighbourhood, while full of gratitude to God workers were not at their duty posts on that day. “They wounded the security men on duty”, the source told this newspaper, saying that residents now live in fear as police could no longer guarantee the safety of the residents.