The quick intervention of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC),and the Nigerian Army on Saturday, saved another warehouse house from being burgled by angry youths in Benin City, Edo State capital.
The youths, who had earlier vandalised four warehouses in Benin City located at Medical Store Road, Sapele Road, Golf Course Road and a private warehouse at Eribo Estate, Textile Mill Road, had attempted another privately-owned warehouse at Osula, but were repelled by the NSCDC personnel drafted to secure the place.
Meanwhile, an unidentified young man was shot dead by security operatives and another girl injured, while attempting to loot one of the warehouses in Benin City on Saturday.
The two were shot at the Medical Store Road, Uselu.
A 30-second video in circulation showed the lifeless body of the young man on the floor, the young lady on what looked like a hospital bed and another young man nursing a bullet wound on his leg.
The Osula warehouse, according to checks, is believed to be owned by Osula Foundation. The proximity of the warehouse to the Headquarters of the 4th Brigade of the Nigeria Army, and the Government House, Benin City, notwithstanding, the daring youths in there hundreds, emboldened by their earlier successful operations, had attempted the facility.
The NSCDC personnel, assisted by some soldiers, cordoned off the area, just as the youths were seen standing at a distance, mapping out ways to break the security barricade, the same way Medical Store Road fell in the morning, with the rampaging youths boasting that “na we dey run things”, a Benin street talk which means ” we are in charge”.
Believing that the food items stored in the warehouse belonged to them and they should be allowed to pick them, one of the looters told journalists that it was wrong to invite the military to a purely civil matter.
The youth, who pleaded anonymity, described the presence of the armed personnel in that vicinity as “uncivil and undemocratic”.