Some of the people who participated in the looting and vandalism of warehouses and other public and private property during the #EndSARS protest in Plateau have returned their loot.
They have also pleaded for forgiveness.
The repentant persons were led by Rev. Ezekiel Dachomo, the Coordinator of the Prayer and Revival Unit of Church in Christ Nations (COCIN) to the Government house, Jos, on Tuesday, to ask Gov. Simon Lalong for forgiveness.
This was disclosed in a statement by Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham. Specifically, he revealed that the looters confessed during a revival recently organised by COCIN. The revival was held at Zang Secondary School in Jos South Local Government Area.
According to the statement, over 2,000 people repented during the revival programme after listening to the clergyman; who preached against the recent looting and vandalism, which affected public and private property in the state. The clergyman was quoted as saying the COCIN prayer and revival unit organised a seven-day prayers revival crusade; with more than 10,000 persons in attendance.
‘‘When we asked for those that participated in looting of what belongs to the state; telling them to come forward with whatever they have, the people that came before the Altar were more than 2,000.”
Dachomo said the looting which came as a result of the #EndSARS was at the verge of breakthrough of Plateau; adding that it was aimed at truncating the will of God and progress of the state. Further, he disclosed that the revival was to intercede for the state.
He said some of the #EndSARS looters, after hearing the message, repented. He added that they decided to bring the items still in their possessions as a mark of restitution; as well as a plea for mercy from God and the Government of Plateau.
The cleric appealed to Lalong to forgive the repentant persons; noting that they promised never to partake in such acts again.
Receiving the items on behalf of the governor, Secretary to the Government of the State; Prof. Danladi Atu, commended Rev. Dachomo for appealing to the consciences of the affected persons who came forward to ask for forgiveness.
He said the action of the looters was a great disservice to the state as not only food items were looted; but heavy machinery, public infrastructure and businesses worth billions of naira were stolen and destroyed. He advised the youths of the state to shun listening to incitement by people whose aim was to orchestrate destruction.
Further, he promised to forward the plea of the repentant persons to the governor for further consideration. The items returned were mostly food provisions looted from various warehouses.