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Air patrols, gunshots in Kubwa as hoodlums invade NYSC Camp

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Scores of armed hoodlums on Tuesday invaded the National Youth Service Corps NYSC Orientation Camp in the Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja, carting away mattresses, utensils, electronics and other items.

While the warehouse at the camp is said to be empty, the hoodlums attacked some residents of the camp as well as shops adjacent the camp. They had blocked the road at about 9 am, turning back motorists while the Kubwa village market was immediately shut by its managers to avoid any invasion.

While soldiers and a detachment of the Nigerian Police struggled to ward off the invaders, the Nigerian Air Force and the Airwing of the Nigeria Police embarked on air patrol with helicopters hovering around the scene. The ensuing confusion forced some parents and guardians to go and evacuate their wards from schools in the area. Though the hoodlums were armed with jackknives, sticks, machetes and other dangerous weapons, some residents of the area were said to have earlier joined in the looting. An eyewitness who declined to give his name said the hoodlums “carted away all removables such as cooking pots, ceiling fan, plasma TV, foodstuff, desktop computer, laptop in NYSC camp”.

According to him, some of the looted items were owned by private individuals residing at the NYSC camp. “The hoodlums equally used the opportunity to loot computers, generators, textile materials in the shops directly opposite the NYSC entrance gate”, he stated. Hoodlums invade Kuje Meanwhile, Kuje town, headquarters of the Kuje Area Council in Abuja was on Tuesday thrown into pandemonium as hoodlums, armed with sticks and knives blocked roads and patrolled the streets in search of any warehouse housing the COVID-19 palliatives.