Hoodlums on Friday looted valuable goods in shopping malls in Sapele, Delta State and Ilorin, Kwara state.
In Sapele, Memories Superstores located in the timber town of Sapele, Sapele council area of Delta was burgled after a 48 hours curfew imposed by the state government.
The hoodlums, in their numbers, vandalised the mall, located along Ajogodo Road and carted away goods worth millions.
The miscreants were said to have stationed spies some distance away from the mall to alert them of unwanted companies, as such they fled with some valuables on sighting the soldiers.
A witness, Akporotu Onome, told newsmen the hoodlums stormed the mall and forced their way in and thereafter began to loot goods inside the store.
“People were carting away goods and others were destroying things until soldiers came in,” he stated.
Reacting, the Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon Eugene Inoaghan, appealed to the youths in the area to exercise caution, while government works on their demands.
“We know how pained the youths are and I can assure you all that the government is doing everything to meet your demands, just give the government some time,” he stated, in chat with newsmen after the incident.
Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okowa on Security matters, Omasan Mabiaku, who also spoke at the scene said: “It is disheartening that genuine protests by youths have now been hijacked by hoodlums.
“This is not a protest; genuine protesters don’t break into people’s property and loot: what they did is stealing and we condemn this in total.
“We are appealing to youths, parents and guardian to talk to their people”.
In Kwara state the hoodlums attacked the Ilorin shopping mall and robbed a couple of stores including retail giant, Shoprite.
The made away with goods worth millions of naira, including washing machines, refrigerators and a host of others.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq has imposed a curfew in Ilorin, the capital city and its environs.