The Commandant, Nigeria Customs Coaching and Doctrine Command, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Mr, Adewale Adeniyi, mentioned, on Friday, that his officers engaged the hoodlums that attacked the college in a four-hour dialogue earlier than they struck.
Adeniyi, an Assistant Comptroller-Basic, who performed journalists around the premises to see the extent of injury, defined that that they had observed folks on bikes who had come on surveillance to the command the day earlier than the assault.
He mentioned that on Tuesday, 24 hours after breaking a warehouse in Gwagwalada to loot palliatives, the hoodlums got here to the coaching command searching for palliatives.
“Greater than 4,000 of them laid siege in entrance of the command. We learnt about their arrival, we got here out unarmed, we engaged them for 4 hours, we listened to them,” he mentioned.
“They instructed us they have been searching for palliatives; that they have been hungry and offended. We instructed them it was a coaching college and there have been no palliatives right here.
“They insisted that there are warehouses behind our command. They even requested to get free passage to seek for the warehouses. We obliged them however with a situation for them to convey 4 of them for the search whereas some officers would conduct them spherical.
“They went and found there was no warehouse across the coaching college. A few of them determined to interrupt our perimeter fencing and began capturing.
“At this level, we now realised that they got here round to assault and hurt us, so we responded swiftly to repel the assault.”
The commandant mentioned the command acquired help from safety companies like 176 Guard Brigade, the police and Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps.
He mentioned a number of the officers within the command have been injured whereas some constructing blocks have been affected.
Adeniyi mentioned six individuals had to this point been arrested in reference to the assault.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that some bullet holes have been observed in a number of the buildings within the coaching college.