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Hoodlums hijack FIRS palliative items meant for Abuja village


Many residents of Piwoyi, a village along Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road in Abuja, were on Thursday morning injured when hoodlums hijacked relief materials sent to widows and the less privileged to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had sent the items to the village as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Eyewitnesses told Nigerian Tribune that trouble started when some trucks arrived the village and the villagers assembled in the open filed where the items were to be distributed.

Suddenly, several categories of hoodlums were then said to mobilise and disrupted the entire process by using dangerous weapons while hijacking bags of rice, beans vegetable oil and noodles.
Many of the women and children who had earlier collected their share were attacked and the items seized from them.
Some of the women who spoke with Nigerian Tribune refused to give their names for fear of reprisal.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Road is not long notorious for harbouring criminals.
Director of Corporate Communications of FIRS, Dr Abdulahi Ismaila Ahmed, confirmed that FIRS sent the materials to the village.
According to him, the community leaders gave the assurance that being close to the people, they had the mechanism to share the materials among the people amicably.
He noted that 120 kg of rice, 12 bags of beans, dozens of vegetable oil, dozens of cartons of noodles and seasoning cubes were delivered to the leaders.

Abdulahi said as soon as the items were received by the leaders, the FIRS entourage left.
Also speaking with Nigerian Tribune, station officer of Piwoyi police post, DSP Ozigi Balogun confirmed that the hoodlums invaded his station trying to destroy windows and doors in the erroneous belief that the items were stored in the place.

Balogun had to call for reinforcement from the Divisional Police Station, Lugbe before the invaders were dislodged.
By the time Nigerian Tribune got to the police post, however, calm had returned but evidence of the invasion abounds with fowls seen feasting on rice and beans scattered in the sand.

Source: Nigerian Tribune