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Widow, who lost over N5m in Oyo #EndSARS protest, threatens suicide

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
02 December 2021   |   4:03 am
A widow, Mrs. Victoria Nwachukwu, who lost property valued at over N5 million in the wake of last year’s #EndSARS protest in Iseyin community, Oyo State, yesterday, cried out for help from Nigerians.

A widow, Mrs. Victoria Nwachukwu, who lost property valued at over N5 million in the wake of last year’s #EndSARS protest in Iseyin community, Oyo State, yesterday, cried out for help from Nigerians.
  
Mrs. Nwachukwu, who spoke with journalists in Ibadan, claimed she is depressed since the vandalisation of her property during the protest and threatened suicide.
   
She lost her husband, a former staff member of Sterling Construction Company, about five years ago,  moved to the ancient town of Iseyin from Mbaise, in Imo State in the year 2000 with three children.
  
The mother of six claimed that properties worth over N5 million were vandalised during the protest.
  
They include 300 Wax Elemax power generating set, one Thermocool deep freezer,  two big Orthopaedic foams, two gas cookers and cylinders as well as three boxes full of clothes and Jewelleries worth over N800,000.00.
  


Other stolen properties were electronics and household items, as well as N350,000 cash meant for her business and kept in her apartment.
  
According to her, if Oyo State Government and good spirited people fail to assist her in her present condition, she has no option but to commit suicide.
 
She said: “I live at Chief Tunde Mustapha’s apartment at Omoloju, in Iseyin, the apartment is beside the office of the Immigration Service and I travelled for business when I heard of the incident. I rushed back to meet all my possessions stolen and the apartment vandalised.
 
“I am a widow, who makes a living from selling clothes. I have six children that I am taking care of through my trade. I am yet to understand why I was the target of the attack.  All important documents that belonged to my late husband, myself and my children were stolen or thrown away, we are devastated and have not recovered from the incident.
 
“My business and my possessions are all gone. I am left in the cold. I am now living off my people. Governor Seyi Makinde should please help me. I am depressed and may do anything bad to myself if this continues.”
 
Recall that the #EndSARS protest was hijacked in Iseyin by hoodlums, who attacked security agencies’ facilities in the community, looting facilities and personal possessions of officers and vandalising many buildings in the process.
  
Some youths were later arrested in connection with the incident, which the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Dr. Abdganiy Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi (Ajinese 1) and the leadership of Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U) described as condemnable.

The Iseyin Development Union had since rebuilt the damaged offices of some of the security operatives, while the Iseyin Divisional Police Headquarters at Okutapemo area is undergoing reconstruction.

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