The Akwa Ibom State Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission says it would honour youths of Afaha Ube, who conducted a house-to-house search for looted properties during the End SARS violence in the state.
The youths according to available information mobilised themselves, smoked out suspected looters in the area and recovered stolen items including flat-screen television sets, refrigerators, deep freezers and other electronic devices and returned same to the Itam Police Division.
Speaking with journalists in Uyo on Monday, the executive chairman of the Commission, Dr. Dorathy Thompson, lauded the patriotic spirit of Afaha Ube youths, saying their efforts did not go unnoticed.
She said the youths levied themselves and raised money with which they transported the items to the police station despite the opposition against them from many quarters.
Her words, “In such challenging times, the youths of Afaha Ube, Itam, in Itu local government area, lived the Akwa Ibom spirit. They voluntarily mobilized to search house to house to discover, recover and return to the Itam Police Station flat-screen television sets, deep freezers, refrigerators, and many other electronic gadgets the hoodlums had stolen from an LG electronics shop near the area. They even contributed money to transport those items to the police station.
“By this ethical conduct, the Afaha Ube Itam youths have demonstrated that they are true Akwa Ibom youths, who are great people with great minds; and they have really risen to the faith of greatness and have validated their true identity as model youths in Akwa Ibom State who are worthy of emulation by all other young people in the State.
“The commission is putting together a ceremony this month to reward and honour the youths for their patriotic spirit.”
She, however, commended the Divisional Police Officer in charge of ‘D’ Division Itam Police Station, CSP Francis Erhabor for effectively collaborating with the Afaha Ube Itam youths to pull off the recoveries.
She also commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for effectively managing the End SARS protests to restore social stability and security in the State and commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones to the violence.