Why I didn’t press charges against arrested hoodlums – Oyo senator whose house was looted dry

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Senator for Oyo Central, Teslim Folarin says he chose not to press charges against arrested hoodlums despite the looting of his house in October.

The Herald had reported that massive looting of empowerment materials took place in Folarin’s home in Ibadan following the hijack of peaceful #EndSARS protests by hoodlums in October.

Folarin said at the time that 1,100 items including motorcycles, deep freezers, generators, and grinding machines, among others were looted from his home at the Oluyole Estate extension in Ibadan.

The lawmaker disclosed that he planned to distribute the materials during a mega empowerment programme in his constituency in December.

Senator Teslim Folarin's looted home
Folarin’s looted home

The senator, who is a high-ranking chief in Ibadanland, said he chose not to press charges against the hoodlums because of biting economic reality that led to wide-scale violence in the country in the aftermath of the protest.

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Speaking during an empowerment programme in his constituency on Friday, Folarin said, “We are not interested in arresting anybody. The country is very difficult. There were two categories of people that came; first, the people that masterminded it and the passersby who saw it and resorted to looting.

“We are not trying to justify looting but let’s just hope they use it well. We are not pressing charges against those that looted the empowerment materials in my residence.”

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