Some hoodlums, on Friday, broke into a national silo located at the Osun Ankara, Irojo area of Ilesha, Osun State, and carted away food items.
The hoodlums also stormed warehouses on the premises of Cocoa Processing Industry, Ede, and looted food items donated to the Osun Food and Relief Committee by the private sector Coalition Against COVID-19.
Similar break-ins were recorded in Kwara, Ekiti and Cross River states, where it took security agents’ efforts to stop the looting of COVID-19 Palliatives.
The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye, who is also the lawmaker representing Ilesha East Constituency, where the silo is located, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
The state Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Daniel Adigun, when contacted, also confirmed the incident, saying its personnel were immediately deployed to the scene.
He said the perpetrators carted away mostly grains stored in the silo.
A resident, Taoreed Ademola, in a chat, told Saturday PUNCH that the warehouses were attacked around 11am.
Ademola said, “I was in my house when I heard of the incident and I rushed down. By 12pm, there were over 1,000 people on the premises carrying food items. There was a stampede of many people but no one died.”
In Ilorin, some hoodlums supported by residents at about noon stormed the COVID-19 food palliatives warehouse located at the cargo terminal of the airport to cart away food items inside. Some of the food items included bags of rice, noodles, beverages, salt, and sugar, among others.
As of the time of filing this report, security operatives were still busy trying to contain activities of the people at the facility.
Also, the hoodlums looted government-owned warehouses in Calabar, Cross River, on Friday.
The thugs took advantage of the #EndSARS protests and invaded a warehouse on Bishop Moynagh Avenue, off Murtala Muhammed Highway.
They carted away bags of rice, garri, noodles and vegetable oil.
The hoodlums also invaded the State Emergency Management Agency warehouse on the premises of the Nigerian Chronicle.
The warehouse and the newspaper house were later set ablaze. There was tension in parts of the city earlier on Friday as the #EndSARS protest continued.
The protesters, who had gathered at Marian Road, moved through Murtala Muhammed Highway to Mobil filling station.
Despite Ekiti State Government’s release on Friday evening that there were no more COVID-19 palliatives in the state, hoodlums invaded the Federal Government’s silos, the Agric Development Programme warehouse and the State Emergency Management Agency store in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The hoodlums were said to have carted away some items which they mistook for CACOVID palliatives.
The state government which confirmed the raid in a ‘Public Notice’ made available on Friday night, appealed to the people not to consume the items taken from the places as they were not meant for consumption and capable of killing.
The State Commissioner for Information, Akinbowale Omole, had earlier in the evening, raised the alarm over plan by some hoodlums to attack some warehouses in the state under the guise of looking for COVID-19 palliatives in Ekiti State and clarified that the government had distributed all palliatives to members of the public during the lockdown period.
The Public Notice reads, “Reports reaching us confirm that the FG’s silos, the ADP warehouse and the SEMA store, all in Ado- Ekiti, have been attacked by hoodlums under the guise of seeking CACOVID palliatives.
“Ekiti State has NO CACOVID palliative warehouse as all the palliatives have been distributed.
“The items being carted away are Single Super Phosphate fertilizer and NPK which they have erroneously identified as Garri. The SEMA store has emergency supplies for disaster response e.g. flood, fire or any other emergencies.
“Some are even making away with corns preserved for planting, with chemical pre-fermentation. All these items are poisonous and not fit for consumption!
“We appeal to our people not to consume these items because they can kill. Ekiti State has NO COVID-19 Palliatives warehouse as all palliatives have been distributed to members of the public during the lockdown period.