Violence erupts in Abakaliki as hoodlums burn down police station

Violence erupts in Abakaliki as hoodlums burn down police station

- Violence has erupted in Abakalili, the capital of Ebonyi state

- Residents were left in panic as suspected hoodlums engaged security operatives in a gun duel

- The violence was due to the burning of a police station in the community by suspected hoodlums

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Residents of Abaliki in Ebonyi state were on Monday, October 26, thrown into pandemonium as the voice of gun shooting was heard continuously.

According to an eyewitness, the gunshot was an offshoot of the duel between the security operatives and hoodlums after Central police station Onuebonyi was set ablaze.

The scenario created a scene of fear as residents close to the area were reportedly running helter-skelter, scampering for safety.

The nation has been engulfed in heightened unrest as a result of the demonstration against the brutality of the police nationwide.

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Violence erupts in Abakaliki as hoodlums burn down police station
Violence has erupted in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi state. Credit: The Nation
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Although the controversial police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which sparked the outrage has been disbanded, Nigerian youths are still adamant on total reform on the police system.

On Wednesday, October 21, the protest descended into anarchy as protesters stormed the streets following the alleged shooting of demonstrators at the Lekki toll gate Lagos.

The anger degenerated into looting and wanton destruction of properties by suspected hoodlums who also are using the avenue to loot some warehouses, shops and store belonging to the government and private individuals.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a nationwide address suspended all the protests, adding that the demand of the protesters would be met.

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Meanwhile, in a related development at least, three women have been reportedly trampled to death as looters massively invaded a COVID-19 warehouse in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

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The hoodlums on Monday, October 26, invaded the warehouse in the FCT where COVID-19 palliatives were stored.

The storehouse, located in the Gwagwalada area council is said to be owned by the agricultural and rural development secretariat of the FCT administration.

Bags of rice and other grains were carted away by the thugs who climbed fences and broke the roofs of the warehouse in order to forcefully gain access.

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