Specialized thieves in vandalizing scraps of Arewa Textiles Plc, one of the moribund textiles industries located in the Industrial Area of Kaduna South local government area of Kaduna State yesterday killed a 31 year old man, Godwin Abah.
A friend of the deceased, who said they work with Broni-Prono Construction Company located in the same area, explained that they were in a food joint during a break hour around 12.00pm yesterday when the thieves carrying vandalized property of Arewa Textile Plc challenged them for looking at them.
According to him, an argument ensued between the deceased and one of the criminals who later invited some gangs from Kakuri Market and in the process stabbed him with a knife.
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“I came out with my late friend during the break hour around 12.30pm. As we were eating in one of the restaurants located closed to Arewa Textiles Plc, some criminals carrying vandalized properties of Arewa Textiles Plc were passing with the equipment. One of the criminals challenged us that why are we looking at them, and my late friend replied them saying, what business do we have with them? It was then argument started, one of the thieves ran to Kakuri Market and called other of his gangs. When we saw them, we started running for safety, but my friend fell down and one of the criminals stabbed him at the back.”
According to him, even though Mr. Godwin was taken to Maneck Hospital closed by and was immediately given two pans of blood he eventually gave up the ghost.
When the news of his death spread across Kaduna South, youths in the area went on rampage demanding for the killer of the innocent soul, but due to quick intervention of security agents, including Officers and men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the situation was brought under control.
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Since the closure of Textile Industries including Arewa Textiles Plc years ago, some youths in the area have taken the advantage to vandalized equipment of Kaduna Textiles Plc and Arewa Textiles Plc.
A resident in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity explained that there was no day, some criminal minded youths did not go to the factory to steal. Some openly declared that they are taken part of the benefits of their father that has not been paid.
“Some criminals and area boys have turned themselves to nuisance in this local government. Even those that their fathers have not worked in this company claimed their father once worked there and was not paid. All Arewa Textiles Plc machineries and equipment were vandalized because there is no security; armed police men could not do anything. Some of these criminals have used the money to buy cars, motorcycles and even build houses, nobody cared to them.”
He called on the security agents to take urgent measure aimed at ensuring that Kaduna South is free from criminality.
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