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Hungry FCT Residents Invade NEMA Warehouse, Loot Foodstuffs


 Some residents ravaged by hunger and deprivation have invaded a warehouse belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The warehouse, located in Karimo, Phase 3 Region of the FCT, Abuja, was raided on Sunday morning.

According to a report in Daily Trust newspaper, the residents carted away foodstuffs and other items.

Some residents, who spoke said youths in their number broke into the warehouse located around Tasha area of the community around 7 am, looting bags of maize and grain.

A resident, Jaafar Aminu, said the looting continued unhindered till 9 am.

He said some residents as well as persons from neighboring Jiwa and Karmo town trooped towards the site with the intention of partaking in the looting.

He said the situation has caused a grid lock on Gwagwa-Karmo road, that leads to Dei-Dei and Jabi axis, respectively.

Aminu disclosed that he left the location with bruises.

Another resident, Christopher Agbo, said the looters did not spare even protectors used to barricade the site as they picked anything deemed useful from the warehouse.

It would be recalled that the warehouse was also looted during the Covid-19 lockdown. Grain bags as well as pumping machines meant for intervention were stolen from the site by the looters.

After raiding the store, the rampaging youths headed towards Idu Industrial Estate, an area that hosts warehouses owned by individuals and also government.

There was no presence of security operatives to check the attacks at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the police in Abuja have been deployed to the area to disperse the looters.

The spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.

Adeh, however, added that the situation had been brought under control. “The situation is now under control,” she said.

A strategic cross-reporting initiative.

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