Hoodlums attacked us despite engaging them in peaceful dialogue, says Customs commandant

Hoodlums attacked us despite engaging them in peaceful dialogue, says Customs commandant

- The commandant of Customs' training school in Abuja, Adewale Adeniyi, has narrated how hoodlums opened fire on officers despite engaging them in peaceful dialogue

- Adeniyi said some of the officers in the command were injured during the attack while some facilities were also affected

- The Customs boss said some of the hoodlums have been arrested

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The commandant of Nigeria Customs Training and Doctrine Command, Abuja, Adewale Adeniyi, has said his officers engaged the hoodlums who attacked the school in a four-hour dialogue before they struck.

Adeniyi told newsmen on Friday, October 30, that they had noticed some people on motorcycles who had come on surveillance to the command the day before the attack.

He explained that the hoodlums stormed the training command in search of COVID-19 palliatives on Tuesday, October 27, hours after breaking a warehouse in Gwagwalada to loot palliatives.

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Hoodlums attacked us despite engaging them in peaceful dialogue, says Customs commandant
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He said:

“They told us they were in search of palliatives, that they were hungry and angry, and we told them it was a training school and there were no palliatives here."

The customs boss said they allowed them to search the warehouse with officers conducting them round.

However, after discovering no warehouse around the training school, Adeniyi said some of the hoodlums still decided to break the school's perimeter fencing and started shooting.

He added that:

“At this point, we now realised that they came around to attack and harm us, so we responded swiftly to repel the attack.”

He said some of the officers in the command were injured while some building blocks were affected.

Adeniyi said six persons had so far been arrested in connection with the attack.

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In a related development, the director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said that COVID-19 palliatives are not stored in any of the corps' orientation camps across the country.

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Ibrahim made this known when the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, visited the NYSC camp in Kubwa, Abuja on Friday, October 30.

Adamu was at the camp to assess the extent of damage after it was looted by hoodlums.

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