Shots shake the Abuja market as cops stop thugs from looting a warehouse
Some traders from UTC Market, District 10, Garki, Abuja and residents of the area have been reported to be living in suspense lately.
As The PUNCH reports, they are currently cringing in fear as security personnel fight thugs trying to ransack a nearby warehouse.
Police and other security personnel shoot and use tear gas to scare off thugs who stormed the warehouse this morning with COVID-19 palliatives.
The warehouse is located in the Cyprian Ekwensi building and UTC market area.
Graphic designer Segun Stickers said the UTC market and large mall in the area are closed.
“We are currently closed on the UTC market. Police are shooting and using tear gas to prevent an attack by thugs who have tried to loot COVID-19 palliatives stored here in a warehouse.
“A lot of people have been injured while trying to avoid being attacked by thugs, and the whole area is in disarray,” he said by phone.
The PUNCH correspondent heard the shots just as a voice was heard ordering the merchants to close their stores and go home.
Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, ASP Mariam Yusuf, confirmed that police have been deployed in UTC market and other public infrastructure to prevent robbery of suspected bandits.
It was revealed that a similar situation is currently taking place in Bukuru, South Jos, in Plateau State, where residents are collecting palliatives from COVID-19.
An eyewitness explained that hundreds of Bukuru residents are currently in a warehouse located at Old NITEL next to the Total gas station, collecting food, including bags of rice and millet, from the state government.
A similar incident occurred in Lagos, Osuna, Cross River and other states.