JUST IN: NEMA opens up on looted warehouse in Abuja

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has denied owing the warehouse looted by some residents in Abuja.

It was earlier reported that residents invaded the warehouse believed to be owned by NEMA at Gwagwa area of the FCT to cart away foodstuffs over the current economic hardship across the nation.

Some residents said youths in their number broke into the warehouse located around Tasha area of the community around 7 am, looting bags of maize and other grains.

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However, NEMA spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, in a statement on Sunday, confirmed that the looted warehouse is not affiliated with the agency, but sympathised with the owners of the looted facility.

He, however, did not disclose further details on the looted warehouse.

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NEMA said it has taken measures to safeguard its facilities nationwide.

“To forestall any security breach at NEMA facilities, the Director General Mustapha Habib Ahmed has directed Zonal Directors and Heads of Operations to strengthen security in and around the Agency’s offices and warehouses nationwide,” NEMA said.

Meanwhile, the looted warehouse has been confirmed to belong to the Federal Capital Territory’s Department of Agriculture.

The FCT Agric secretariat’s Public Relations Officer, Zakari Aliyu, confirmed to Channels Television via text message that the looted warehouse belonged to their agency.

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