Sunday , June 26 2022

#ENDSARS PROTEST: SECURITY FORCES KEEP MUM AS HOODLUMS VANDALIZE AND LOOT BIGGEST SHOPPING MALL IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Secret Reporters

In the wake of the ongoing #Endsars peaceful protest in Uyo which yesterday turned violent after it was hijacked by alleged sponsored hoodlums, a popular business franchise DE CHOICE MALL, unarguably the only biggest shopping mall in Uyo metropolis was vandalized with items and goods in numbers carted away.

Despite the 9pm to Midday curfew imposed by the Akwa Ibom State government yesterday October 22, 2020, these miscreants we learned were able to break into the mall after several attempts undeterred by the Nigerian Army patrol positioned few meters away from the building.

While most of the people in the video obtained by SecretReporters were targeting food items, others were seen moving chairs and household equipment of their choice. Our reporter observed that fifteen smart televisions were carted away before a part of the mall was set on fire.

According to eyewitnesses, the mayhem which rocked Uyo yesterday, allegedly started after a suspected hoodlum pelted a van belonging to the Nigerian Correctional Service with stones while they were driving through the protest area. In retaliation, he was gunned down by an unidentified officer, an action which turned the once peaceful protest at the popular Ibom Plaza connecting four major routes into full-blown chaos with shops closing and people scampering for their lives.

Mobile Phone shops like Iconz mobile and a Techno outlet within the Ibom Plaza Area were also not spared by the hoodlums who capitalized on the pandemonium of the protesting youths after two people were confirmed dead to unleash mayhem in the state capital.

Other places attacked include a Coldstone/Domino Pizza; a new restaurant which started operation after the lockdown, LG showroom, Anchor Insurance Company, Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation AKBC, APC Secretariat, Access bank at Aka road and FCMB Abak road branch amongst others.

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