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Looting of COVID-19 Palliatives: Sen. Gyang cautions against culture of impunity

ABUJA, Nigeria – Sequel to the recent looting of palliatives and other properties across the country by some citizens, the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Istifanus Gyang, has caution against the culture of impunity.

The lawmaker also called on Plateau people, particularly the youths, to resist the temptation of allowing “brigandage and impunity to gain ascendancy and become the order of the day”.

Gyang, through his Special Assistant, Media and Protocol, Musa Ibrahim Ashoms, maintained that such action will not only be counterproductive for the citizenry, particularly the youths, but will have adverse effects on the safety and well being of the people.

He noted with deep concern the plight of citizens afflicted by “poverty and hunger”, and the stampede that resulted from scramble for palliatives stocked in government warehouses across states of the Federation.

The Senator further explained that, “when the warehousing of the palliatives for periods longer than necessary became public knowledge, citizens out of frustration, resorted to self-help.

“This is, however, not to concede nor excuse the havoc and destruction of public and private property wrought by hoodlums who took advantage of an otherwise genuine and well intentioned EndSARS protest by Nigerian Youths.”

“These attacks are clear acts of criminality and are therefore not justifiable”, he explained.

According to him, “To ignore the widespread brigandage by the hoodlums is to court anarchy. This will inevitably mar the future that we all hope for.”

Gyang who is the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, however, said, “While not opposing lawful protest as exemplified by EndSARS, it is necessary to distinguish between genuine and well intended protests on the one hand and destructive acts of criminality on the other.

“I’m therefore calling on Plateau people, the youths in particular, to resist the temptation of allowing brigandage and impunity to gain ascendancy and become the order of the day. Doing so will not only be counterproductive but will have adverse effects on the safety and well being of the people.”

The lawmaker urged government to draw lessons and be more “sensitive to the plight of citizens and prioritize policies and measures that pertains to poverty alleviation and employment generation among others and to address the fundamental issues that gave rise to the End SARS nationwide youth protest”.

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