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Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Camp, steal mattresses, household items, others

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Hundreds of armed hoodlums invaded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in the Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja on Tuesday, carting away mattresses, utensils, electronics and other items.

Though the hoodlums were armed with jackknives, sticks, machetes and other dangerous weapons, some residents of the area were said to have earlier joined in the looting.

While the warehouse at the camp is said to be empty, the hoodlums attacked some residents of the camp as well as shops adjacent the camp.

“The Hoodlums carted away all removables such as cooking pots, ceiling fan, plasma TV, foodstuff, desktop computer, laptop in NYSC camp. They equally used the opportunity to loot computers, generators, textile materials in the shops directly opposite the NYSC entrance gate”, an eyewitness said.

They had blocked the road at about 9 am, turning back motorists while the Kubwa village market was immediately shut by its managers to avoid any invasion.

The ensuing confusion forced some parents and guardians to go and evacuate their wards from schools in the area.

However, soldiers and a detachment of the Nigerian Police struggled to ward off the invaders, the Nigerian Air Force and the Airwing of the Nigeria Police embarked on air patrol with helicopters hovering around the scene.

“We are doing our work. We are acting everywhere to forestall possible breakdown (of law and order),” Police Command PRO, ASP Mariam Yusuf said.

Meanwhile, Kuje town, headquarters of the Kuje Area Council in Abuja was on Tuesday thrown into pandemonium as hoodlums, armed with sticks and knives blocked roads and patrolled the streets in search of any warehouse housing the COVID-19 palliatives.

“They have been going about with sticks, having blocked the roads within the town. Shops are locking up while passers-by are running to safety”, Vanguard reported.

Elsewhere in Gwagwalada, hoodlums also broke into the premises of the zonal headquarters of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), beating up the security men on duty and carting away valuables including air conditioning units.

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