File photograph of Nigeria’s Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Muhammad Bello
Mr Muhammad Bello who is Nigeria’s Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has condemned the activities of hoodlums who looted warehouses at the Idu Industrial Layout, Gwagwalada and other areas within the territory in search of the coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives. The minister however reassured the residents of the FCT of their safety.
Bello who led the FCT Security Task Force, comprising the FCT Commissioner of Police and heads of various security agencies to assess the level of destructions by hoodlums at Idu Industrial Layout stated that the FCT Administration is committed to working with relevant stakeholders to provide adequate security, especially at the Idu industrial zone.
“For the last few hours, we have been going around the Idu Industrial Layout of FCT together with Abuja branch Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) with the support of the FCT security task force represented by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma and other heads of various security agencies in FCT.
“We have visited a number of factories and warehouses that were vandalised during the last 48 hours. We have seen the enormity of the destructions. We have also visited other factories that were not attacked and we realised the extent of the investment that is available here. We have discussed, we have gone round and now we will go into communities and start engaging with them to ensure that this kind of thing never happens again.”
Ciroma on the other hand also assured that the police would curb vandalism in the area and fish out the perpetrators. He said, “We also realised that there is a need for us to ensure that another investment was not affected this time around and properly secure them,” he said.