Abuja DPO, Abdullahi Bello says he escaped being stabbed by looters

Abuja DPO, Abdullahi Bello says he escaped being stabbed by looters

- The DPO of Kubwa area of Abuja, Abdullahi Bello said the NYSC orientation camp in the vicinity was invaded by hoodlums

- Bello told the media that some of the hoodlums were armed with knives

- The police officer disclosed that foodstuffs, equipment, and even old mattresses in the camp were looted by the mob

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Abdullahi Bello, the divisional police officer (DPO) of the Kubwa area of Abuja has narrated how he was almost stabbed by hoodlums who invaded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp.

According to The Cable, Bello told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the hoodlums threatened to attack police officers who tried to dissuade them from looting.

Abuja DPO, Abdullahi Bello says he escaped being stabbed by looters
Police officers were reportedly threatened when hoodlums invaded the NYSC camp in Abuja. Credits: Olukayode Jaiyeola
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The DPO said he and his men had to retreat when the hoodlums started throwing stones and pulling out knives.

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He said:

“When they flooded the orientation camp on Saturday, we talked to them and even opened the warehouse for them to see that there were no palliative materials in the store.
“Today, we did the same, talking to them, but they did not listen. They started throwing stones while some pulled out knives and whatever."

The police officer disclosed that the mob looted the NYSC warehouse where items and foodstuffs meant for the incoming youth corps members were kept.

He said equipment and even old mattresses in the camp were also taken away.

Bello stated that it took the intervention of the military to bring everything under control.

Meanwhile, the 24-hour curfew imposed on Jalingo obviously meant nothing to hundreds of irate youths who defied the order as they invaded and vandalised the state-owned radio station in Taraba on Monday, October 26.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the youths broke into the Taraba State Broadcasting Corporation (TSBS) and carted away movable equipment in all the departments.

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The hoodlums also reportedly destroyed what was left of the facility.

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