Despite announcement of a 24 hour curfew by governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, hoodlums have carried out night raids on various warehouses and food stores across Adamawa State as looting spree continued unchallenged, FACT-CHECKNEWS.COM can reveal.
To stem the tide of the looting spree in the aftermath of vandalization and looting of two warehouses located at Kwanar waya and Bakin Kogi in the state capital, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has taken a swift action by imposing a 24 hour curfew in the state to begin from 3:00pm on Sunday.
The governor also directed security operatives to enforce the curfew so as to avert further loss of lives and properties as he said lives have already been lost in the stampede that greeted the looting spree.
But our roving correspondent revealed that despite the curfew, looting spree has continued unabated as hoodlums disregard the order and continued plundering stores and warehouses across the state.
Our correspondent who was at the Adamawa Agricultural Development Project (AADP) office in Yola, observed that thousands of residents including youths, women and even older people partook in the looting bazaar while security operatives were nowhere to be found.
Our correspondent who was at the facility at about 6:00pm on Sunday, three hours after the commencement of the curfew, observed complete absence of security men to enforce the curfew order.
The people carted away fertilizers, spraying machines, seedlings and other farm implements stored in the facility by the state government.
When interviewed as to why they are looting the items without self censorship, some of the hoodlums told our correspondent that looting the items remain the only way they can survive, as most of them have been literally starving in view of lost opportunities wrought by the COVID-19 and spike in prices of food and other essential commodities.
A middle aged man who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said he teaches in one of the private schools in Yola adding that since the beginning of COVID-19, he lost his income following the closure of schools.
“Since the closure of our school, I lost my income as we no more collect salary. Since then, life has been very difficult as most times I and the children remain hungry. And even the palliative that was given didn’t reach me. This forced me to come and partake in this looting so as to put food on the table for my family,” he said.
Our correspondent reports that apart from the AADP facility that was looted, other facilities including NEMA, UNICEF, stores and private warehouses in the state have faced similar fate with the AADP.
It was gathered that despite the curfew,
hoodlums have continued their siege and looted the warehouses of many private and government facilities.
Kofare, an industrial estate, according to reports, was one of the areas worst hit by the siege because of the concentration of warehouses in the vicinity.
Our correspondent also learnt that the government warehouse in Numan also came under attack as it was vandalized and looted.
Eyewitnesses told our reporter that despite the curfew, the siege on the facility continued till night.
A resident of Numan who do not want his name in print told our correspondent on phone that some of his neighbors partook in the looting spree till night.
” I was awake till around 11:30pm but despite the curfew, some of our neighbours were busy using tricycles to loot food items which they bring to their houses.
” Till I slept, I was hearing commotions and movements of people who were on a looting spree even as night falls, despite the curfew,” he said.
Attempts to get reaction from the Adamawa State police command was futile as several calls made to his number were not responded to.