JUST IN: Security guards, 13 others arrested for breaking into FCT warehouse

Police operatives in Abuja have arrested 15 suspects in connection with the looting of food items at a warehouse belonging to the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration on Sunday.

Among those arrested were two security guards who “actively participated” in the looting of food and other items at the facility.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, some foodstuff and other items were recovered from the suspects.

“Exhibits such as twenty-six (26) bags of maize, five (5) motorcycles, and some vandalized aluminum roofings were recovered from the suspects,” Adeh said in a statement on Sunday evening.

She added: “The FCT police command is fully informed about the impulsive attack on Agric Department Strategic food store located at Tasha, Abuja, on 2/03/2024 by some irate mobs, which resulted in the vandalism and looting of the warehouse.

“The Command wishes to state that normalcy has since been restored to the environ and the situation is very much under control

“Fifteen(15) suspects were arrested, including two local securityguardsd employed by the warehouse management.”

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has dismissed claims that it’s warehouse was looted by some hoodlums in Abuja.

“This is to clarify that the looted warehouse does not belong to NEMA. However, the Agency sympathizes with owners of the looted facility,” NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel said on Sunday.

“To forestall any security breach at NEMA facilities, the Director General Mustapha Habib Ahmed has directed Zonal Directors and Heads of Operations to strengthen security in and around the Agency’s offices and warehouses nationwide.”

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