On Monday, October 11, a group of more than 50 gunmen stormed the Nasarawa State Local Government Civil Service Commission, stealing an AK 47 rifle from a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps stationed there to guard it.
The gunmen overpowered the security guards on duty at the commission’s office on Makurdi Road in Lafia, according to the Daily Trust, and also took away two televisions and a safe box containing the commission’s critical documents.
The gunmen tied up two NSCDC personnel and one other security officer who were on duty on the day of the incident before carrying out their operation, which lasted roughly three hours.
According to a commission employee who confirmed the occurrence, no one was killed and only goods were taken away.
Mrs Rammatu Julde, the Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Commission, also confirmed the occurrence. She said the gunman broke into the building at 2 a.m. on Monday.
According to Rammatu,
“Some gunmen broke into our premises in the early hours of Monday morning, at 2 a.m.
“They entered through the main gate that connects the local government commission and the civil service commission, and during the operation, they were able to apprehend two Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officers who were guarding the premises and grab their Ak-47 weapons.”
“They attempted to steal our 150 KVA generator, but were unsuccessful, but they did steal the safe containing the commission’s valuable documents.”
“Right now, we’re undertaking a stocktake to see what else has been carried away.”
Mr Jerry Victor, the NSDC’s Public Relations Officer, acknowledged the occurrence. The two policemen involved in the case, he claimed, are being held in the Lafia command headquarters.
Victor stated, ”
“Two of our cops who were securing the offices were roped in and their Ak-47 pistol was taken.”
“The officers have been held at our Lafia command headquarters, and an inquiry is underway.”