Looting: FCT minister inspects vandalized properties, sympathises with victims

By Daniel Tyokua

The minister of the Federal Capital Territory ,FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello on Wednesday led a team on-the-spot assessment of areas affected by the actions of hoodlums.

Bello accompanied by the FCT Commissioner of police, Bala Ciroma, Chief of Jiwa Idris Musa,
inspected companies, warehouses and areas that were vandalized in Idu Industrial layout and carted away with food and sensitive items, expressed dismay on the actions of vandals.

He assured those affected to be calm that the government in collaboration with security operatives would stop at nothing in tackling the situation.

The minister sympathised with the company owners and assured them of adequate support.

“We have check all the factories and warehouses that were vandalized during the last 48 hours, I have seen the level of destruction, we have realised the extend of investment on the ground.

“Going forward, we are going to work with all the relevant agencies and stakeholders to make sure that Idu Industrial zone is provided with additional security measures”

Bello said the companies have been employing hundreds Nigerians residents in FCT, which was contributing positively to the development, and need more support.

He explained that the chief of Jiwa who the communities in the area are under him is fully involved in the peace deal.

However the FCT Commissioner of police, Bala Ciroma said his men would strengthen the security archtecture of the area and entire territory.

He disclosed that 79 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the looting and vandalization.

On his part, the Sarkin Jiwa Idris Musa, described the actions as unfortunate and uncalled for.

He called on the youths to protect public assets, saying Nigeria remains the best country they have, and they must protect it.

Musa urged the youths especially within the area to steer clear of issues that will speak bad of Abuja, even as he pledged commitment to engaging the youth for better Society.

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