Nigeria has ordered the arrests and prosecution of the hoodlums who raided and looted some warehouses in the Abuja, the West African country’s capital.
Describing the ongoing chaos after the peaceful #EndSARS protest was hijacked by thugs as “broad day stealing”, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, has ordered the arrest of the people who break the FCT warehouse in Gwagwalada Area Council and looted the food items in the store.
Bello gave the order during an emergency security meeting with leaders of various security agencies in the city, on Monday in Abuja.
The minister, who asked those who looted the food items to return them immediately, disclosed that there would be massive deployments of security agencies to safeguard factories and warehouses in Idu Industrial District of the city.
”What is going on is was no longer #EndSARS protest but broad day stealing by hoodlums,” he said.
On her part, The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu condemned the looting in strong terms.
Aliyu said no nation could survive without a food reserve which is being looted across the country.
She called on Council chairmen and Royal fathers to reach out to opinion moulders unite the people against looters.
Royal fathers who spoke called for decisive actions to be taken against those looting across the city.
They said hoodlums are beginning to enter markets shops and personal business premises.
Present at the meeting are the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, Brigade commander, Chief of Staff to the minister amongst others.
Recall that on Sunday, hoodlums invaded several warehouses in the FCT, carting away agricultural produce, textiles and other items.
Facilities affected were warehouses at the Idu Industrial Layout, a warehouse in Dakibiyu village in Jabi district, belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and an Agric store in Gwagwa-Tasha which is owned by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). All the facilities are located in the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC.
At the Idu Industrial layout, irate youths invaded the area and broke into some warehouses in the layout.
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