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Flashback on Saturday’s youths invasion of warehouse in Kaduna; govt imposes curfew

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Angry youths and hoodlums on Saturday invaded a warehouse in Barnawa area of Kaduna Town and carted away rice, gari, indomie and other valuable items warehoused by government.

An eyewitness said some of the youths were seen also heading towards another warehouse located at Queen Amina College, Kakuri and Kawo area of the state, after being dispersed from Barnawa by police.

The source also said residents, who got the information, joined the looters as they rushed to the scene – but in utter disappointment.

The incident has been linked to pockets of #EndSARS protests, which commenced in some parts of the state, especially Kaduna south.

Contacted, the Kaduna state Police Command’s spokesman, Muhammad Jalige, also confirmed the information but could not give further details.

Sources, however, said that police used tear-gas to disperse the angry youths after breaking into in the warehouse where government had kept (Covid-19) palliatives.

Following the #EndSARS looting atrocities of the warehouse and some private properties in some parts of Kaduna metropolis that fall under the LG, Kaduna state government immediately imposed a 24-hour curfew in entire state, beginning with some communities in Chikun and Kaduna South local governments, but later extended same to the entire state.

The measure, according to government, was taken to help safeguard communities, protect lives and property and to contain criminal elements, who are bent on looting public and private assets.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in a statement early this morning said the extension of the 24-hour curfew to all the 23 local government areas of the state takes immediate effect.

According to the statement, Kaduna state government will keep the situation under review, and regrets the inconvenience it may cause to law-abiding citizens. 

The state government appealed to all residents of the state to kindly bear with the government as it takes necessary actions to maintained law andorder, and to protect the right of citizens to live in peace.

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