From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
59-year-old Demian Oyendikwe has appeared before the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and Related Abuses seeking financial compensation over the loss of his goods worth N38 million.
He told the panel that his warehouse at Eribo Estate, Textile Mill Road, Benin, was completely looted by the hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest.
Oyendikwe said since the incident, his creditors have been on his neck, asking for their money and that he has no means of paying back and therefore decided to approach the panel for financial assistance.
‘The government should kindly assist me at this moment because the losses are enormous,’ he petitioned the panel.
‘I cannot help even the institutions that gave me the money are on my neck.
‘That is why I came to the panel so that they can assist me and be able to liquidate those debts”, he pleaded.
The panel has asked an Inspector of Police, Mrs Afekhai Christiana, who appeared before it for compensation for her vandalized car worth N800,000, that it will be out of place to ask the state government to buy her a new one when it could be fixed.
The police officer had told the panel that she had parked her vehicle at the Ugbekun police station when hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest punctured the four tyres of her vehicle, broke the windscreen and made away with the battery.
The panel agreed to visit the mechanical workshop where the vehicle is undergoing repairs.