A private warehouse in the Kpansia locality of Yenagoa, which the Bayelsa State government use for storing food supplies and various materials, was invaded on Sunday. Residents of the state capital ransacked the warehouse, making off with food items and other goods
The items encompassed bags of rice, garri, cartons of noodles, and bottled water. These commodities were reportedly part of relief supplies contributed by concerned individuals during the 2022 flood crisis in the state.
The incident occurred around 7:30 pm, as residents stormed on the warehouse along the Isaac Boro Expressway with pick-up trucks and private vehicles to move the deteriorating food supplies, most of which has already gone bad.
While the looting was ongoing, the state government mobilized its security unit called Doo Akpo to disband the crowd and safeguard the premises.
The state government expressed astonishment and concern regarding the intrusion into the privately owned warehouse. It labeled the event as unjustified, asserting that the food items were remnants designated for disposal due to their unsuitability for human consumption.
In a statement issued by the State Emergency Management Agency, on Monday, said the incident happened at 7:45 pm on Sunday after the Director-General of BYSEMA, Walamam Igrubia, and some personnel of the agency had left the warehouse premises.