The Chairman of the Potiskum Market Association, Abati Mohammed in a telephone conversation with the reporters said that 24 shops were burgled between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Monday morning with the robbers carting away the sum of N1, 382, 000.00.
The robbery took place during the curfew time for residents of Potiskum and Yobe state, with restriction of movement between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
The incident is coming two days after the curfew time was reviewed from the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily.
Reacting to the robbery case in a statement, the spokesman of the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state, Eli Lazarus confirmed the incident saying “in the early hours of today (Monday, 22 July, 2013) some shops in Potiskum market were reportedly broken into by suspected armed robbers.
“The local security men employed to guard the market were on duty when the incident took place”.
The JTF spokesman however blamed neither the local security men for not reporting the robbery incident to neither the JTF nor the police for not promptly responding to the incidence until the shop owners made the discovery in the morning when they reported for the day’s business.
Mr. Lazarus said that the JTF arrested five of the security men on duty and they are currently in police custody for further investigation.