By G9ija

Hoodlums at the weekend, continued looting of public and private properties in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi and Kogi states.

This is in spite of the directive to security agencies to secure the country.

No fewer than 185 looting suspects were arrested in Jos, Osogbo and Ibadan.

Four people died in Kogi State while scrambling for palliatives in a warehouse.

Thirty of those arrested in Jos were picked up during the raid on the Jos home of former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogora.

A warehouse on the Murtala Muhammed Way, close to Kpata Market in Jos was invaded, mostly by women as early as 7am on Saturday. The raid continued till the early hours of Sunday.

Those arrested at Dogara’s home were said to have carted away tricycles and other items.

A set of youths also broke into the Plateau State Agricultural Development Programme (PADP) in Dogon Dagi on Sunday and stole fertiliser and other farm inputs.

At the Federal Secretariat in Jos, another batch of youths gathered at its entrance, insisting on bringing it down in search of food.

Like Kogi, the lootings in the FCT as well as Adamawa and Bauchi states took place at warehouses.

The reporters gathered that there was confusion when hundreds of hoodlums in the FCT yesterday afternoon stormed the Idu Industrial Layout, raiding several warehouses in search of palliatives.

The Idu Industrial Layout is where Federal Capital Territory Administration’s (FCTA) grains are reserved.

Hundreds of youths were also said to have broken into a large warehouse at Kwarnawaya, near Yola, Bauchi State and carted away food items.

The development forced Governor Ahmadu Fintiri to impose a curfew on the state.

Some suspected hoodlums who invaded a COVID-19 palliative warehouse in Bauchi State were disappointed as they found the facility empty after breaking into it.

Governor Bala Mohammed posted the development on his verified twitter-handle.

The Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), maintaining peace in Plateau and some parts of Bauchi and Kaduna states, had earlier yesterday paraded the 123 suspects, including 13 females, before reporters in Jos.

The commander of the task force, Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the suspects defied the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Plateau State Government to perpetrate the criminal act.

He said some of the suspects were arrested while looting properties at the Plateau Agricultural and Development Agency (PADP) in Dogon Dutse, Jos North Local Government Area.

Others, he said, were arrested while trying to vandalise and loot shops at West of Mines area.

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also at the weekend confirmed the attack on the state   secretariat, water board and the Nigerian Standard Newspaper in Jos.

The attackers, according to agency spokesman Tanimola Obasa also vandalised warehouses belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at the weekend.

According to Obasa, the hoodlums, who broke into the buildings in search of palliatives, destroyed properties and carted away some valuables.

He said: “Yesterday (Saturday), hoodlums broke into the warehouses of NEMA and SEMA and made away with foodstuff and other valuables.

“We made sure they didn’t tamper with properties of private individuals, but the whole thing went out of control

“They also vandalised the state secretariat, the water board and other government buildings and made away with some valuables.”

In Osogbo, the 30 suspects, who allegedly looted goods at different places in Osun State, were paraded at the Government House.

Some residents had gone on the rampage following the   looting of a COVID-19 palliative warehouse in Ede on Friday.

The incident made hoodlums to invade Sunbare and Ayeigbaju markets as well as the residence of Senator Ajibola Bashir, where they looted the palliatives meant for Osun Central Senatorial District.

They also  attacked the state secretariat in Abeere, Omoluabi Garment Factory, Tuns Farm on Ikirun Road, residences and campaign offices of both federal and state lawmakers, local government secretariats, Ileri-Oluwa campaign office, offices of the state universal Basic Education and that of the state Health Insurance Scheme.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Abiodun Ige, frowned at the looting and destruction of government and public property.