A 21-year-old petrol attendant identified as Aishat Mutiu, on Tuesday confessed to have influenced hoodlums and residents of Osogbo to loot Tuns Farm.
The hoodlums had on Saturday stormed Tuns Farm International, along Ikirun Road, Osogbo,, the Osun State capital, in search of COVID-19 palliatives.
The owner of the farm, Asiwaju Tunde Badmus, who is a member of the state COVID-19 Food Relief Committee, on Sunday told Governor Adegboyega Oyetola when he visited the farm that he had lost over N150 million to the incident.
A staff of the company was shot dead, while others sustained injuries when the farm was invaded by the hoodlums.
Mutiu, who was paraded with 87 suspected others at the Police Headquarters in Osogbo, confessed in an interview with newsmen to have influenced people to loot and destroy Tuns farm through a WhatsApp group named #EndSARS.
She said : “I am a petrol attendant in a filling station opposite Tuns Farm. I saw some people carrying sacks out of the company. I thought it was COVID-19 palliatives. I took their pictures and recorded videos which I sent to a WhatsApp group named #EndSAR that COVID-19 palliatives was there.
“I did not steal anything there, I only sent a recording of what I perceived to be palliatives to the group.”
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Osun, Mr Undie Adie paraded 88 hoodlums arrested for participating in the looting and arson that rocked the state last week.
Parading the suspects, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, Adebola Hamzat, who represented Adie, explained that they took advantage of the violence that erupted following the #EndSARS protest to attack and loot and destroy public and private properties.
Adie listed some of the affected properties in the state as: “Osun mall, Osogbo; Cocoa Processing Factory, Ese; Government Grains Reserve, GMT Area, Osogbo; OSADEP GRA Lameco Area, Osogbo;Osun Central Store Orisumbare, Osogbo; Olorunda Local Government Secretariat, Osogbo; Osun Insurance Company, Ikirun; Akirun of Ikirun’s personal residence, along Ekonde Road, Ikirun among others.