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Hoodlums destroyed 30 vehicles, looted Cross River Basin



The Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority , Engr Bassey Nkposong , has disclosed that hoodlums destroyed 30 vehicles , caterpillars and looted the agency on Saturday, October 24 .
He said they demanded N 15 m in order to spare the Basin Authority from destruction , which they were negotiating before they struck #EndSARS .
He disclosed this to journalists on Thursday at scenes of the pillaged agency , saying facilities and documents in the agency and all the offices were either vandalised or burnt during the violence that trailed the # EndSARS protest on that day .#EndSARS
“ They called one of my staff and asked for N 15 m to spare the place . We negotiated the amount to N 5 m . My staff were already contributing money . But they could not wait . They proceeded to attack the premises, ” he disclosed .
Nkposong said the police would be invited to conduct a house – to – house search to retrieve the stolen assets of the agency even as 1 , 690 birds and chemicals , feed, machines all worth over N 8 m were looted from its poultry in Calabar.
The armed hoodlums who overpowered the agency ’ security guards also emptied the agency ’ s warehouse , guest house , vandalised electricity generators , caterpillars , water tanks and other assets .
On the monetary value of the items stolen or destroyed , he said , “ That is a very tall order . Let ’ s say the mental torture cannot be quantified . Years of work people have put in , my mentors , see the mess they have made of it .“ My immediate aim is how to mentally bring my staff back to reality . Quite a lot of them have been so mentally tortured , crying . Because as it is , where do you start from ? Things they couldn ’ t carry, they destroyed . ”
He said what happened was not about the host community .
“ Mercenaries were imported. Those people were different from looters . They came . They destroyed . Looters were different . That is what we should note, ” he said .
He added , “ With the zeal the President has brought into this, we will heal back our nation . We will heal back Cross
River Basin Development Authority and make it even stronger than it started#EndSARS



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