The Ekiti State government has advised that those who carted away food items at the warehouses not eat them as they are poisonous.
The Ekiti state government reiterated that the said food items which were masked as Covid-19 palliatives are indeed poisonous and further warned those who’d taken the food items away on Friday not to consume them.
Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Akin Omole, said in a statement in Ado Ekiti that raising the alarm was pertinent in order to halt health complications that might befall those consuming the said food items.
It is also alleged that the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Ado Ekiti was looted.
Mr Akin Omole further said that those who’d raided the warehouse and State Emergency stores had been hoodlums, posing as citizens who sought after COVID-19 palliatives. In his words; “Information at our disposal revealed that the Federal Government’s silos, the ADP warehouse and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) stores, all in Ado- Ekiti, were attacked by hoodlums under the guise of seeking Covid-19 palliatives.
“We insist that Ekiti state currently has no Covid-19 palliative warehouse as all the palliatives had been distributed.
“Unfortunately, the items carted away were Single Super Phosphate and NPK fertilisers, which they erroneously thought was “Garri’’, cassava grains.
“The SEMA store too has only emergency supplies for disaster response.
“Some people even made away with pre-fermented corns preserved for planting. All these items are poisonous and not fit for consumption.
“We, therefore, appeal to our people not to consume these items because they can kill”.
Dr Olabode Adetoyi, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, confirmed the looting, warning that most of the items carted away contained chemically-treated seeds meant for planting.