Osun govt. returns looted properties to owners

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Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

Osun state government on Thursday returned looted materials to the owners that have identified their properties.

The 72-hour amnesty granted the looters to return the stolen items ended on Wednesday and some of the looted materials have been recovered.

The Secretary of the ad-hoc committee on recovery of stolen items, Mr Samson Owoyokun, who handed over the items to the owners, said the looting affected fourteen local governments.

He said the recovered items were dropped by the looters, and the committee has been going round to pick them.

Some of the owners have identified their properties at the government’s house, Osogbo, where the recovered loots were deposited.

The Executive Secretary, Osun Health Insurance Scheme, OHIS, Dr. Adeniyi Oginni, told journalists that he has identified fifteen percent of the stolen properties of OHIS.

He expressed sadness that many properties of the scheme were also vandalized during the attack on Saturday.

Oginni described the 72-hour amnesty as a critical factor in the recovery of the stolen items.

He condemned the looting, saying “it was like a malicious attack on the agency.”

He further said, “Apart from the things that were carted away, many things were vandalised.

“About fifteen percent have been recovered. Though, some of the electronics like flat TV have spoilt. There is a very critical aspect of our properties that have not been recovered. Our server, all our computers (both desktops and laptops). We have not seen any one of them.

Oginni appealed to the residents of Osun to notify the law enforcement agents “whenever they see anybody trying to sell electronics equipment.”

Speaking on behalf of the Senator representing Osun Central, Dr. Ajibola Bashiru, one of his aides, Mr Bisi Babalola, confirmed that some of the properties carted away in the Senator’s house have been identified.

He said about forty-five percent of the motorcycles, deep freezers and sewing machines have been identified among the returned items.