Invasion of Abuja Warehouses………..Zeenab Foods Recount Ordeals

October 27 16:47 2020

By; Ben Ogbemudia, Abuja

 It was around 11;30am on Monday 25th of October, 2020 at the office and factory of Zeenab Foods Limited located at plot  252 Cadastral zone C16 Idu industrial layout, Idu , Abuja when hoodlums in their hundreds stormed the place and looted not just the food items but anything on sight. 

Narrating their ordeals in the hands of the hoodlums, the General Manager of Zeenab Foods , Charles Idubor said,” with a heavy heart  we wish to narrate our ordeal we experienced  in the hands of hoodlums on the 25th and 26th of October 2020 at our idu factory, Abuja in the name of searching  for government  palliatives stored in warehouses.

”  It’s been the most horrific and devastating experience the company has had since its inception . Zeenab foods limited is a food processing and production company It processes food commodities such as rice, beans, sorghum , millet and others for the Nigerian local market and contract supply while it also processes. Our head office and factory is located at plot  252 Cadastral zone C16 Idu industrial layout, Idu , Abuja.

Speaking further, Idubor said by 11:30pm on the 25th of October, after many warehouses have been looted earlier that day at Idu industrial layout they got a distress call from their security operatives guarding the factory that over 200 hundred hoodlums had gained access into the factory through the fence and forced their way into our warehouses and started carting away with food products stored inside the warehouse which were rice and beans precisely.

” We therefore called on the police who later came to drive off the hoodlums after much resistance that night and some were arrested in the process.The next day 26th October , our Chairman Mr Victor Ayemere was on ground along with the general manager of the company and other senior management staff of the  company to assess the damage that has been done by these hoodlums and at around 9:45am , more hoodlums both male and female numbering over 300 gathered to our dismay at the front of our factory gate and around the fence wanting to gain entrance for further looting and vandalism. Several efforts of dialogue by our management to calm them down and make them understand that this factory has already been looted and for them to show mercy proved abortive. 

He said a joint task force of  military  men and the police soon arrived at the premises in close to 10 hilux vans and tried to calm these hoodlums down yet it proved abortive. When the situation could no longer be curtailed by the joint task force men on ground, the hoodlums broke into the factory again, this time some of them even boring holes through the fences and they didn’t only loot rice and beans this time around buy they started carrying equipment, weigh bridge equipment, scales, office  chairs , tables, air conditioners, electric motors, armoured cables , tools and vandalizing doors and glass windows all the way.

‘It was such a disheartening situation, we wondered what the country had turned into, where private companies can no longer operate with safety. We hereby call on the government of this country to look into our plight  which has  affected us so badly by this unprecedented crisis and protests.’

Our reporter who visited the Zeenab Foods Factory at Idu Industrial Area was amazed at the level of loots and vandalization carried out by the hoodlums. 
The General Manager who took Journalists round the factory and offices appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of the company and have suffered serious loss from the hands of the hoodlums.

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