From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Palpable tension has gripped residents of Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state, following the emergence of grains suspected to be poisonous carted away by hoodlums during an attack on the Federal Government silos.
The silos located along Federal Polytechnic was at the weekend attacked where food and grains suspected to be poisonous as well as fertilizers preserved for planting were carted away by the hoodlums.
The residents had defied heavy downpour and attacked the silos at about 7.30pm and made away with items suspected to be poisonous and not consumable.
They were reported to have mistaken the fertilizers for garri and the preserved maize as consumable grains.
Sequel to cases of looting of CACOVID warehouses in Lagos and Osun States, where people made away with rice, beans, spaghetti and other consumables, the social media were awash with rumour that some people were allegedly searching for where Covid 19 palliatives were stashed in Ekiti.
This prompted the government to issue a public announcement that all palliatives allotted to Ekiti had been distributed, with no left over .
It was gathered that large number of residents had boarded vehicles and motorcycles from far distances like Ijigbo, Ajilosun and Odo Ado Area of the metropolis to the area to perpetrate the looting.
Sensing danger, soldiers were said to have been drafted to the silos to protect the commodities , but people were said to have started looting before they got to the scene.
This scenario was said to have caused traffic logjam along Ado-Ijan -Ikare road, as soldiers made spirited efforts to disperse the huge crowd of intending looters that massed at the scene.
Several persons were said to have sustained bodily injuries as soldiers reportedly deployed minimal force to push away the crowd.
Sensing danger inherent in consuming such a killer commodities, the state government in a statement by the Information Commissioner, Mr. Akin Omole, warned that commodities being looted from the silos were poisonous.
The statement said: “Reports reaching us confirm that the Federal Government’s Silos, the Agric Development Programme (ADP) warehouse and the State Emergency Management Agency (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 Gaari.