Police arrest 15 suspects over warehouse looting in Abuja

THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has arrested 15 suspects in connection with the vandalism and looting of a warehouse belonging to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in Abuja.

The police public relations officer in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, made this known in a statement on Sunday, February 3, in Abuja, noting that two security guards employed by the warehouse management were among the suspects arrested. 

On Sunday, March 3, The ICIR reported how some residents invaded the government-owned warehouse and stole foodstuffs, including bags of maize, around the Tasha community in the FCT.

One of the residents, Jaafar Aminu, who spoke with the Daily Trust, said the looting continued without interruption until 9 am.

He said both residents and people from nearby Jiwa and Karmo communities gathered at the location to join in the looting.

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the police spokesperson said the police were informed about the attack on the Agric. Department Strategic food store on March 3.

She further noted that 26 bags of maize, five motorcycles and some vandalised aluminium roofing sheets were recovered from the suspects.



    The attack has resulted in the vandalism and looting of the warehouse. The command wishes to state that normalcy has since been restored to the area and the situation is under control,” she said.

    The ICIR reported that although the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, debunked the allegations that the warehouse belonged to the agency, the Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) later confirmed that it owned the warehouse.

    Many  Nigerians, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), over the last few weeks have been protesting the worsening economic conditions in the country. 

    The protests, driven by growing frustrations over the high cost of living, have drawn widespread reactions to the challenges faced by poor and ordinary citizens across the nation.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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