Warehouse Looting: FCT Minister Visits Idu Industrial Area
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello says the FCT Administration was working with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that the Idu Industrial Zone is protected.
The Minister who gave this assurance during a tour to ascertain the level of damage done, noted that the Idu industrial zone was the nerve center of the city where thousands of residents are employed along the manufacturing value chain.
The Minister was accompanied by the heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, traditional, community and business leaders as well as senior staff members of the FCTA .
Malam Bello who further expressed displeasure over the looting and damage to property by the hoodlums pledged that the arrested culprits will be duly prosecuted.
He also called on the residents of the community especially staff of the affected companies to be vigilant and volunteer information to the security authorities with a view to tracking and recovering the looted items.
He also urged the business owners to cooperate and work very closely with the security agencies for the recovery of the looted items.
Also speaking the FCT Commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma said that the police command had massively deployed personnel to the area, arrested over 71 suspected looters, vandals and hoodlums, as well as recovered some of the stolen items.
The Chairman of the Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger Branch of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mr Odun Emasealu who accompanied the FCT Minister on the tour commended the efforts of the FCTA in containing the situation during the vandalisation of warehouses and factories.
As manufacturers, we invest a lot and we do much to keep commerce going…while the looting was going on, the Hon. Minister was in touch with us, calling more than 10, 15 times…This is a big encouragement for all the manufacturers and we promise that we will keep investing”
On the entourage of the FCT Minister were the representatives of the Army Garrison Command, Brigade of Guards, the FCT Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Mathias Ohiemi, The Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, The Executive Secretary of the FCDA Engr Umar Gambo Jibrin, the Chief of Jiwa, Alh. Idris Musa, and others.