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EndSARS protesters stole $2m, N17m from my palace, Oba of Lagos

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Six months after EndSARS protest hits Lagos, Abuja and some parts of Nigeria, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, opened up on what happened to him.

Speaking on Wednesday at the inauguration of the remodeled Glover Hall Memorial, Lagos Island, Lagos State, the monarch said he suffered loss as protesters stole $2 million and N17 million.

The monarch revealed the money was stolen from his palace at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island.

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He regretted that many buildings were destroyed and vehicles vandalised in the state after hoodlums hijacked the protest on October 21, 2020.

Viral videos circulated online showed hoodlums breaking into the palace and stealing different items and artefacts, including the monarch’s staff of office.

According to him, Lagos suffered more than other states in the country during the protest and urged the Federal Government to assist the State to recover its losses.

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He 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 $2m and N17m from my palace.

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“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.”

The state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the remodelling of Glover Memorial Hall reflected the determination of his administration to rebuild Lagos as well as promote the entertainment and tourism sector.

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