- The minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello said that some hoodlums stormed a warehouse of COVID-19 palliatives in Abuja and carted away food items
- Bello called on the security agents to arrest the looters to serve as a deterrent to others
- According to him, there would be heavy deployments of security operatives to prevent the re-occurrence of lootings
Following the lootings of both public and private businesses in Abuja by hoodlums, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, has asked security operatives to arrest and prosecute those who invaded a warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were kept.
TheCable reports that some hoodlums had invaded the warehouse located in Gwagwalada area council around 9 am on Monday, October 26, and carted away bags of grains, cartons of noodles and other food items.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking at an emergency meeting with leaders of various security agencies in Abuja, the minister asked the culprits to return the stolen items immediately.
He noted that there would be heavy deployments of security operatives to safeguard factories and warehouses at Idu industrial area in the nation's capital.
“What is going on is was no longer #EndSARS protest but broad day stealing by hoodlums.”
Also speaking at the meeting, the minister of state for FCT, Ramatu Aliyu, said no nation could survive without a food reserve.
She urged council chairmen and monarchs to reach out to opinion moulders and unite the people against looters.
It would be recalled that some warehouses containing COVID-19 palliatives have been raided in at least seven states, including Lagos, where the looting began last week.
Some governors said they were storing the palliatives in case of a second wave of the coronavirus while others said they had started distributing them before they were looted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari issued a stern warning to the parents and guardians of those who have been continually looting private businesses and government properties under the guise of protest.
It was reported that the president, in a statement on Sunday, October 25, urged the parents to warn their wards against the destruction and stealing of goods.
Many private businesses, public facilities including the COVID-19 warehouses in some states have been looted dry by hoodlums.
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