The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has warned people who still have looted properties in their custody that there is no hiding place for looters, because the government will commence a house-to-house search at the expiration of of 72-hour amnesty on Thursday.
Oyetola, who commended those who had voluntarily returned their loots so far, enjoined other looters to take advantage of the hours left in the amnesty period, adding that there will be no extension of any sort.
Oyetola, who spoke during the inspection of some of the recovered loots deposited at the parking lot of the Government House, Osogbo, reemphasized that those who refuse to embrace the offer of the government will face the full wrath of the law.
It will be recalled that some hoodlums, on Saturday, took advantage of the EndSARS protest to burgle and loot both public and private properties in the state. This development prompted the Governor to declare a 72-hour amnesty period for the looters to return the items carted away.
According to Oyetola: “I am happy that some of the looters decided to heed the call within the amnesty time to voluntarily return the loots and items that had been stolen.
“As you are all aware, I gave those who participated in the looting 72hours to return all they have stolen, and this is about 48 hours afer the declaration so, they still have time to return all they have looted.
“For us, this voluntary return of the of loots is a welcome development. The intention is to assist the various owners of these items to have the opportunity of getting their properties and belongings, because we believe strongly that it is going to be a big setback for them to have all these properties lost.
“Other people who have not returned what they looted still have the opportunity under 24 hours to return those things they have looted because after the expiration of the remaining 24 hours, the government will step in to enforce the law.
“What they should realise is that, there are a lot of video clips and video coverage for all the looting that took place in the State. The implication of this is that there is no hidden place for anybody that looted anything in Osun.
“So, it is in their interest to voluntarily return all the items or face the wrath of the law after the expiration of the 72hours. We are not going back after this period. We are going to go from house to house to retrieve the looted items.
“So, I am telling whoever that participated in this exercise of looting to take the opportunity of this amnesty and return the loot”, Oyetola said.