As over four warehouses in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have been looted by hoodlums within the last 48 hhours, the Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, has frowned at the invasion, ordering the arrest and prosecution of the people who invaded the FCT warehouse in Gwagwalada Area Council and looted food items in the store on Monday.
Abuja Business Reports gathered that the Police have arrested some persons who allegedly broke into warehouses in the FCT on Monday morning.
The Minister gave the order for their arrest during an emergency security meeting with leaders of various security agencies in the city, on Monday, in Abuja.
The minister, who asked those who looted the food items to return them immediately, said there would be massive deployment of security agencies to safeguard factories and warehouses in Idu Industrial District of the city.
”What is going on is was no longer #EndSARS protest but broad day stealing by hoodlums,” he said.
It will be recalled that two different warehouses were invaded, on Sunday morning, while the largest warehouse in Gwagwalada Area Council owned by the FCT Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) was also raided, on Monday morning.
On her part, The FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu, condemned the looting.
Mrs Aliyu said no nation could survive without a food reserve which are being looted across the country.
She called on council chairmen and traditional rulers to reach out to opinion molders unite the people against looters.
Royal fathers, who spoke, called for decisive action to be taken against those looting across the city.
They said that hoodlums are beginning to enter markets, shops and personal business premises.
Present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Olusade Adesola, FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, Brigade commander, Chief of Staff to the minister amongst others.
The violence which stemmed from the shooting on unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate last Tuesday, has quickly spread to other parts of the country, with public and private warehouses, government officials’ homes as primary targets.
The FCT, like many other parts of the country, has now attracted looters who have been scavenging warehouses, leading to carting away of items, including motorcycles, bags of rice, cereals and textiles materials.