Abdullahi Bello, the Kubwa Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Abuja, has said some of the rampaging hoodlums who looted the NYSC Orientation Camp in the town attacked and almost stabbed while trying to protect the warehouse.
The Kubwa police chief made this known in an interview with journalists on Tuesday.
Bello, while giving accounts of the incident, disclosed how he and his men had to retreat to avoid the hoodlums from attacking them adding that all efforts to make them understand that there was no palliative stored in the camp warehouse proved abortive.
“When they flooded the orientation camp on Saturday, we talked to them and even opened the warehouse for them to see that there were no palliative materials in the store.
“Today, we did the same talking to them but they did not listen. They started throwing stones while some were pulled out knives and whatever.
“They advanced towards the warehouse where items and foodstuff meant for the incoming youth corps members were kept. They looted and made away with items, foodstuff, equipment and even old mattresses in the camp.
“I was almost stabbed by them,” Bello narrated.
The DPO further disclosed that 20 officers were deployed initially to safeguard the camp but more officers were later reinforced when things were getting out of hand.
“We deployed additional 20 officers, making 40 personnel,” he said.
The DPO also stated that his men handled the situation with great caution despite the provisions of the law that allowed police officers to use minimum force in such a situation.
He added that it took military intervention to put everything under control.
After the whole narratives, Bello disclosed that at least 38 persons were arrested in connection with the looting but could not confirm the number of casualties recorded during the incident.