By Oladapo Udom
An NGO, THYAURA PARTNER CONCEPT LIMITED, on Saturday in Surulere , Lagos State, cleaned up garbage from the aftermath of the #EndSars protest which was hijacked by hoodlums.
Mr Ekene Ebonyi, the Finance Manager of the organisation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that hoodlums had taken the advantage of the break in law and order to loot some property and shops.
“This caused several damages to various small scale businesses leaving broken glasses and windows as debris on the streets thereby hindering the smooth movement of vehicles.
“We are here to clear such obstacles also left from the burning of tyres so that the economy can return to normalcy,” he told NAN.
Ebonyi said that it was the killing at Lekki toll gate that escalated the whole situation which was already tensed up.
“It was after the killing at Lekki toll gate that the vandalisation across Lagos state started. If there was no killing, I am sure this would not have happened.
“It is what angered the populace which also made thugs in the society to engage in vandalisation as a way to get back to the government,” he said.
Ebonyi appealed to the government to deliver on its promises and meet the demands of the ‘Five Points Agenda’ demanded by the youths.
Also speaking, Mr Ibukun Ogunsina, Quality Assurance Manager of the NGO, said it was disheartening that the protest, which started with great credible expectations, was hijacked by hoodlums.
Ogunsina, however, said that the unity of the youths sent a strong message to the ruling class that they were not doing enough in catering to the needs of the masses.
“Our voice have not been in vain. We have achieved a lot and we will not relent in the course in order to make the country great again,’’ he said.
Mr Raheem Akande, a volunteer, said that it was with great joy that he volunteered to clean up the state so that activities can get back to normalcy.
Akande was happy that the protest attracted the attention of the government to the dire needs of multitudes in poverty demanding a solution to their problems.
NAN reports that about 70 per cent of the shops situated on Adeniran Ogunsanya road axis of Surulere, Lagos state, including Shoprite, Access Bank, Sterling Bank among others suffered damages worth several millions of Naira.