3 Dead As Hoodlums Strike, 25 Police Formations Burnt, NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, Arise Over Lekki Shooting

Three women trampled to death as hoodlums loot Abuja warehouse

Three women were feared to have been trampled to death during the looting of a massive palliative warehouse in Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Abuja. Some who were suffocating were helped out of the building and being assisted with sachets of water. Some of the hoodlums climbed fences from adjacent compounds near WAEC office while others fought their ways through the back of Fidelity Bank premises. Parts of the roofs of the warehouse were broken by hoodlums to provide access into the hall.

Personnel of the Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps, the Nigeria Police and the Brigade of Guards of the Nigeria Army, who arrived the venue early, blocking the roads with their vehicles, were overpowered and watched as people made away with the COVID -19 palliatives. Troubles began at about 8.43am as youths gathered within the areas, leading to the warehouse, which was built within five months by the Gwagwalada Area Council. As they gathered in hundreds, shouting and expressing anger over the sufferings in the land, they were joined by motorcyclists who came with stories of looting and raid incidents from other parts of the country.

By 9 am, security personnel could no longer control the crowd mostly youth and women who forced their ways into the warehouse, broke the doors and part of the wall and began looting all items inside the building. It was gathered youths from the surburbs of Angwa Dodo, Wazobia Parks, Tipper garrage, Passo and surrounding areas of Gwagwalada markets joined the massive crowd to help themselves to the looting of the palliatives. They were heard saying: “This is our money, these people are wicked to have hidden these products and refused to share them.” The Nation gathered items looted were bags of rice, cartoons of indomie noodles, spagetti, macaroni, bags of fertilisers, Indorama products, brand new motor bikes, grinding machines, bags of salt, bags of Sugar, and cartoons of soaps.

By 11.23am, some reinforcements of security operatives forced their ways into the massive warehouse, which had COVID 19 written on it and shut it down. They however did not use tear gas or fire any shots, which could lead to stampede and more deaths. As at the time of filing this report, people were seen moving around the warehouse and the main road, which leads to the Secretariat of the Gwagwalada Local government council. Some were seen looking disappointed and dejected as they failed to make it to the warehouse before security operatives shut it down.

 

Source: The Nation

 

#EndSARS: 25 Lagos police formations burnt, five vandalised

At least, 25 police formations were razed and five others vandalised in Lagos during the violence that trailed the #ENDSARS protests last week, findings by The Nation has shown. The number comprises 14 divisions, three commands and three barracks. The Police Command however, said at the weekend it had started taking stock of the damages it suffered, including the exact number of its men and officers killed and injured during the violence. Hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful #ENDSARS went on a looting and destruction spree across the state immediately after the government imposed a curfew on the state.

Reports had it that 40 policemen were injured and a yet-to-be ascertained number killed. Nineteen of the reported injured cops were operatives of the state’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS). Police sources told our correspondent that the hoodlums did not spare female cops as a handful of them fell victims to their onslaught. One of them said: “We are mourning. We are in pain. They killed our men, our women, and even injured so many others. A lot of those injured are still in the hospital. It was not a pleasant experience.

“They burnt 14 police divisions, three area commands and also attacked other police formations. They carted away arms and ammunition. It is a very discouraging experience.” Another source, who told The Nation that some hoodlums were in their custody, added that 16 firearms have also been recovered. He added that plans were underway to ensure that all guns and ammunition looted from the burnt and vandalised formations were retrieved and the suspects prosecuted. The state government had said that 229 arrested suspects whose case files were being evaluated for possible prosecution for arson, murder, stealing, malicious damage of property, assault, among others.

The spokesman for the command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, told The Nation that the command was still compiling its losses. Adejobi dismissed earlier reports that a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) was murdered in Lagos. He also described as false, claims that the police contracted members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) to protect its formations from being attacked. But he was quick to add that the presence of the OPC men at some formations was a part of the benefit of community policing.

 

Source: The Nation

 

BREAKING: NBC sanctions AIT, Channels, Arise over Lekki shooting

The National Broadcasting Station (NBC) has sanctioned three major broadcast stations over their alleged roles in escalation of violence across the nation .

The regulators fined Arise TV, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television between N2million and N3million.

The stations were accused of airing unverified images of the alleged shooting.

The protest, which began on a peaceful note has since gone violence, with many states experience wanton destructions and looting of public and private properties.

 

Source: The Nation