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Post #EndSARS Investigations: Beware of stolen vehicle engines, parts - ITREALMS

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Several vehicles affected in the #EndSARS protest hijack have been discovered to have their engines missing, reports 
ITREALMS.

Investigations by ITREALMS showed that most of the vehicles, especially cars of various types had their engines removed or stolen before such cars were set on fire.

At the Makinde Police Stations, for instance, almost 10 vehicles burnt at the premises and even at the adjourning Police barrack, had their engines removed and there is no traces of such within the compound.

Also, most of the affected vehicles were raised one-side up, which indicates that either their engines were removed before they were set on fire.

Security experts therefore cautioned those who may wish to change their car engines to be very mindful of this. Grave concerns were expressed due to proximity of Ladipo Spareparts Market to Oshodi and environ. 

Further, ITREALMS gathered that most of the vehicles within the premises were either owned by officers or impounded for one reason or another associated with traffic offences.

Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, recently paid a working visit to Lagos State and vowed to ensure apprehension of all the suspects who participated in the burning and looting of police stations and private businesses in state.

Addressing hundreds of police officers and men of the Lagos State Police Command in Ikeja as part of his visit after a nationwide youth demonstration against human rights violations and brutality committed by the disbanded operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Lagos was the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests, which later snowballed into coordinated violence that led to a large-scale destruction of assets belonging to the state, federal government, police and private individuals.

According to Adamu, so far, 1,590 suspects have been arrested across the country for burning of police station and looting of government and private properties. He urged the officers not to be deterred by actions of the hoodlums in the discharge of their duties.

Adamu urged policemen to go back to duty, as not all civilians hate them. “You are very special people, trained not to be provoked. We have lost lives, but we have to realise that not all the civilians attacked us. You should go back to work.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, told the IGP that out of the 22 policemen killed during the #EndSARS protest, six were from Lagos command, 16 police stations burnt were while 13 were vandalized and 91 policemen injured.

The police boss went on an inspection tour of some of the stations torched, including Makinde Police Station in Oshodi in company of
 the chairman, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Idris Muse Ariyoh and members of the community. 

The DPO of Makind Police station, Francis Ebuoma, led the IGP on inspection of the ruins on the station including the three blocks of eight flats behind the station, among others.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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