'Food items looted from Bayelsa warehouse expired, unfit for consumption'


Residents of Bayelsa looting items from the warehouse on Sunday

By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

The Bayelsa Government has warned that food items looted in a warehouse in Yenagoa, the state capital, by some residents on Sunday evening were already decaying and were meant for disposal.

The food items were looted from the warehouse located along Isaac Boro Expressway, in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (BYSEMA) said this in a statement by its Director-General, Hon. Walamam Samuel Igrubia while reacting to the loot of items from the privately owned warehouse.

He explained that the incident occurred on night of Sunday,August 27 approximately an hour after the Director-General, Hon. Walamam Sam Igrubia, left the warehouse premises, alongside some BYSEMA personnel.

The Agency further stated that “As part of preparations for an impending flood this year, the remnants of food items that were no longer fit for consumption, notably rice and garri, were cleared from the warehouse and placed outside for disposal the next day”.

The agency therefore dismissed claims that the items were fresh food palliatives, or being hoarded by the state government.

Igrubia also condemned the actions of those who invaded the premises of the private warehouse, and warns against consuming the unfit items.

“BYSEMA equally condemns the action of the yet-to-be-identified persons that invaded the premises of a private warehouse on Sunday.

“It also condemns the attempt to politicize the incident by opposition elements in the state, who, according to it, “seek to score cheap political points from the ugly occurrence.”

“The Agency assures people of the state of its preparedness to handle the distribution of palliatives provided by the Federal Government as part of cushioning the effects of its fuel subsidy removal policy as well as the fallout of an impending flooding this year.

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