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Looting of warehouses continues in FCT as record 19 States impose curfews

The looting across Nigeria continued on Monday as hoodlums gained access to the Coronavirus (COVID-10) palliative warehouse located in the university town of Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), looting food items, sewing machines, motorcycles and other items.

The hoodlums confronted security operatives who fired teargas into the air to stop them from entering the LEA Secretariat. But they were determined as the security operatives did not use force or fire on them as was the normal practice. The hoodlums scaled the fence of the warehouse and broke down its doors to gain entry.

On Saturday, the hoodlums were prevented from looting a similar warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly kept at the Cyprian Ekwensi Cultural Centre, Area 10, Garki as armed policemen on guard duty at the warehouse fired gunshots into the air, chasing away the youths.

But on Sunday, the hoodlums raided private warehouses in the Idu Industrial Layout, Abuja, looting bags of food items, especially rice, cartons of milk, gallons of vegetable oil, canned foods, cartons of noodles, cartons of cereals and tinned tomatoes, bales of clothing and Ankara materials and item they could lay hands on.

Policemen deployed at the scene were overpowered by the mob who came and loaded their loot on their tricycles and motorcycles.

The looting on the Idu are that houses many factories with warehouses for storage took pplace as the Police deployed a helicopter to the area while additional policemen were deployed to ward off the more looters, who were undeterred by volleys of tear gas canisters fired.

On Sunday, the home of Mr Yakubu Dogara, immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, near the University of Jos Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State capital, was attacked and looted.

And to underscore the gravity of the violence, looting and arson Nigeria has gone through, 19 of the nation’s 36 States have imposed curfews as a way to stop the hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests to continue to wreak havoc on government and private properties.

Edo was the first State to impose a 24-hour curfew on October 19 after jailbreaks at two correctional facilities in Benin City and Oko.

The following day, Lagos State Governor, Babajide-Sanwo-Olu, imposed a 24-hour curfew amidst the outbreak of violence against the #EndSARS protests.

Ekiti, on same October 20, declared a 24-hour curfew as hoodlums capitalised on the protests to “to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the State.”

Next to impose a curfew on Wednesday, October 21 was Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who also announced cash reward for persons with information about those who carted away arms and ammunition during an attack on policemen in Aba.

The same Wednesday, a 24-hour curfew was imposed on neighbouring Imo State. the same day, Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State, declared a curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas of the State following the death of three people during the #EndSARS protest.

The same Wednesday, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, declared a 24-hour curfew in parts of the State after attacks on police stations, court buildings and markets.

Delta State followed suit on Thursday, with a 48-hour curfew after attacks on the correctional centre in Warri, the High Court Complex in Asaba, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office in Asaba, and other facilities.

On October 22, Anambra State government declared a curfew following the outbreak of violence by hoodlums over the #EndSARS protests.

On Friday, the worst state of destruction in its history was visited on Cross River State, after hoodlums invaded over 50 public and private buildings, looting and setting them on fire.

In Kwara State, curfew was imposed on Friday night by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq after security operatives fired on hoodlums who breached a warehouse containing COVID-19 palliatives in Ilorin, the State capital and started looting the items stored there.

On Saturday, the Osun state government movement across the State, 24 hours after a previous curfew was lifted.

Enugu also imposed a 24-hour curfew on Saturday after a mob destroyed government properties and vandalised Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in the State.

The same Saturday, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State announced the extension of the 24-hour curfew to all 23 Local Government Areas in the State after initially limiting it to two LGAs.

In the same way, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Taraba and Adamawa States had curfew imposed to limit the movement of hooldums who are looting public and private properties.

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