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Published On: Mon, Oct 26th, 2020

Abuja residents raid, cart away food, other items at Idu

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  • …. NEMA warehouse, FCTA agro store torched

By Stanley Onyekwere

Some Abuja residents with the aid of suspected hoodlums yesterday invaded and raided several warehouses at the Idu Industrial Layout, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the nation’s capital city.
Also, mob raided the FCT agric store located at Gwagwa-Tasha, also in AMAC, carting various items, such bags grains, sewing machines, mattresses, cartons of milk and tin tomatoes, including other unidentified items.
Equally, according to unconfirmed reports National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) warehouse, near Vision FM radio office, in Jabi-Daki Biu was also allegedly torched in the looting spree that erupted.
Recall that there have been seemingly endless waive of looting of foodstuff and other wares stored in public and private warehouses across some major cities in the country, in the wake of the #EndSARS protests aimed at ending allegedl Police brutality.
However, it was gathered that the looting in Idu triggered by some suspected thugs, resulted in carting away of bags of rice, cartons of tin tomatoes, cereals, milk, bails of Ankara materials, and other items.
It was observed that despite the presence of policemen, the defiant mob continued to plunder warehouses.
Eyewitness accounts revealed that even as policemen fired teargas to disperse the mob, some people were seen loading tricycles and motorcycles with the stolen goods.
Our correspondent reports that the mob attempted to loot private warehouses at Idu industrial area, as it is made of factories and their Warehouses for storage.
Equally, some suspected hoodlums, who invaded the FCT agro facility, Gwagwa removed almost all the agricultural products in the store, even as security agencies, who rushed to the area, could not help the situation.
It gathered that the store, which is maintained by the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) of the administration is used for storage of agricultural products for sales to farmers, at subsidized rates, especially during the planting seasons.
Meanwhile, calm returned only when another detachment of security personnel, including the army and police were drafted to the area, who dispersed the looters with teargas canisters and gunshots.
As at the time of filling this report, not arrest has been made, but our correspondent in a brief telephone conversation with the head of Information ARDS, Zakari Aliyu, reports that the spokesman, who subtly confirmed the development, as he was on his way to the store, in order to assess the situation.

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