…Says looted food items contain deadly chemicals
The Kaduna State Government has charged all local government chairmen, traditional and community leaders to fish out criminal elements that played roles in the looting of property in the local government areas and private warehouses across the state.
The state government also warned the looters to get ready to face prosecution as the state government would use visual recognition on the various videos posted online to arrest and prosecute them.
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The warning came a few hours after the government raised alarm that the goods looted from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) warehouse in Narayi area of Chikun Local Government Area included expired, prohibited and dangerous drugs awaiting destruction.
The state government also warned that persons who consumed such drugs were at great risk of serious illnesses and death, stressing that looted grains from the warehouse of a food processing company in Kakuri had been treated with chemical preservatives which rendered them unsafe for consumption.
While assessing the level of damage at the NAFDAC warehouse, the acting Governor of the state, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, described the damage and action of the youths as unacceptable and assured them that nemesis would catch up with them.
Daily Trust reports that apart from the NAFDAC warehouse, Dr. Balarabe also visited the West African Cotton Company warehouse at the industrial layout, Kakuri, where over 80,000 tonnes of chemically treated soybean were looted and the Queen Amina College ransacked, damaged and looted.
According to a consultant at the West African Cotton Company, Dr. Meya Layinde, the 80,000 tonnes of soybean carted away contains tricine which he said was poisonous to humans when not processed.
“Don’t eat the soybean; it is made for only chicken,” he warned.
Daily Trust reports that residents of Kaduna on Saturday besieged several government warehouses in search of COVID-19 palliatives and looted food items, furniture and electronics.
The situation led to the imposition of a curfew in the entire state to prevent a general break down of law and order.
The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed that arrests had been made and that suspects would be paraded soon.