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Kano agency takes action against warehouses hoarding food supplies




In the Dawanau area of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State, the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission has seized 10 warehouses containing various food supplies.

After confiscating the warehouses in Dawanau International Grains Market, Singer Market, and Kwari Textiles Market, the commission’s Chairman, Mr Muhyi Magaji, informed reporters about the operation.

During the operation, the owners of the warehouses were absent, and the warehouses were found to be stocked with goods such as spaghetti, rice, pasta, sugar, and other food items.

Mr Muhyi Magaji stated, “The owners have been warned to appear before the commission to face charges in court for their illicit activities.”

He further added, “We have fulfilled our promise to combat the hoarding of essential commodities in the state. Our efforts began last Thursday and have had a significant impact in preventing the sudden increase in the prices of essential commodities.

“For instance, within a week, the price of rice had surged from N52,000 to N61,000. Our actions so far have undeniably made an impact. We will now proceed to the market to evaluate the situation.”

“Firstly, we have managed to prevent the instant surge in prices of commodities, and secondly, we are confident that if we continue at this pace, we can bring down the prices from their current levels.”

“During our inspection of the warehouses, we encountered various issues, which we will discuss upon our return to the office.

“A significant issue is that every store we entered claimed to be the World Food Programme Store. It is baffling whether the World Food Programme would hoard food while the country faces scarcity.

“The maize price has reportedly doubled from N30,000 to N60,000, marking a 100 per cent increase, which is unacceptable.

“The value of hoarded commodities in these warehouses amounts to hundreds of millions of Naira. We are taking over the warehouses and will make necessary arrests, as this behavior will not be tolerated.

“This is not just a market, it is a warehouse. Our intelligence reports have outlined the locations and methods of hoarding these supplies.”