#EndSARS unrest: $2m, N17m stolen from my palace – Oba of Lagos
The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, says he lost $2 million (app. $900 million) and N17 million when hoodlums ransacked his palace during the #EndSARS unrest in October 2020.
The traditional ruler stated this Wednesday at the commissioning of Glover Hall Memorial in Lagos, while lamenting the humongous losses incurred by the state during the unrest.
Recall that videos of the king’s palace being looted circulated during the unrest, with a prominent scene showing Oba Akiolu’s staff of office being carted away by hoodlums.
Speaking on the losses he incurred, the Oba of Lagos said, “I will support anything that will move Lagos forward. I have appealed to the Federal Government to assist Lagos with what we have suffered. The incident that happened here from October 20th to 23rd is so saddening.
“The destruction we suffered in Lagos is so enormous than in any other part of the country.
“Many buildings were burnt, including vehicles used to generate income. I can now say publicly that they stole away from my palace $2 million and N17 million.
“Those who committed the offence would not have done that if they knew the implication. But as a father, I won’t place any curse on them.”