October 28, 2021

#EndSARS : Police confirm burning of 3 trucks, rape of 3 girls in Ekiti

The Police Command in Ekiti state Tuesday confirmed that some hoodlums allegedly gang rapped three girls during the ongoing EndSARS protest in the state.

The police also confirmed that  three trucks belonging to a popular business conglomerate in the country were burnt down at various points during the  protest.

ASP Sunday Abutu,  Spokesman of the police Command, who confirmed the burning of the trucks and the rape of the girls, in Ado Ekiti to newsmen on Tuesday, warned that hoodlums are gradually hijacking the protests, which he said portends  danger for the country.

” Every Nigerian or group has the legitimate right to protest but the moment you start destroying property, then it becomes another thing.

“We appeal to the youths to refrain from wanton  destruction of lives and property under the guise of protest”.

Investigations by our correspondent revealed that two of the burnt lorries took place opposite Similoluwa area of Ado Ekiti while the other one was burnt opposite Unifoam building around Mojere market,  along Dallimore junction.

It was learnt that one of the lorries allegedly overran a barricade of protesters  along Dallimore/Christ school area on Monday night, injuring some protesters

Though, some of the protesters also claimed two of their members were killed in the process, this could not be confirmed by the police.

On the rape issue, it was learnt that the girls, who participated in the ongoing EndSARS protests were allegedly gangraped by co-protesters.

The incident, according to a source happened at the popular Adekunle Fajuyi Memorial Park area of Ado Ekiti metropolis around 8.30pm, on Sunday .

Also reacting to the rape issue, the Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, frowned at the rape of victims by some hoodlums, said to be #EndSARS protesters.

According to him, “Rape and robbery cannot be the values of EndSARS protesters.

“it is becoming obvious that Government cannot continue to allow the good people of Ekiti State to suffer in this manner”, Fapohunda said.

The Justice Commissioner however, advised that the assaulted girls be immediately taken to the Ekiti State Sexual Assault Referral Centre, located in the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, (EKSUTH), for medical check-up.

“It may now be necessary to alert all those participating in the protests, specifically girls and women to note that there exists hoodlums in their midst whose agenda is to rape and rob”, he said.

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