Kano Government Raids Warehouses Hoarding Essential Commodities
Kano State Government has raided some warehouses in Kano metropolis where essential commodities are being hoarded by traders.
The raid followed the scarcity of essential commodities and soaring prices in the past days.
Over ten of such warehouses were sealed by the state and graft commission, along with Dawanau International Grains Market, Singer Market, and Kwari, textiles market on Sunday.
Items hoarded in the warehouses included spaghetti, noodles, rice, sugar, and other items.
The Commission Chairman, Muhyi Rimingado, said owners of the warehouses had been issued with notice and may be charged in court.
Alhamdulillah from what we have done so far, we are certain that there is an impact. From here, we are going to the market to ascertain the situation.
Firstly, we were able to stop the instant increase in prices of the commodities and secondly, we have the belief that if we sustain the tempo, we will be able to bring down the prices from where they have gotten to.
As you can see now, we are going around the warehouses and we met a lot of issues which after we go back to the office we are going to digest.
One fundamental problem is each stalk we enter they will be claiming that it is the World Food Programme Store.
We wonder if the World Food Programme will starve the country while taking the food somewhere else.
You can see, I was told here today that the price of maize has jumped from N30,000 to N60,000. So you see, a hundred percent increase, this is unacceptable.
You can see these stores, there are hundreds of millions of naira worth of hoarded commodities.
We are taking over the stores now and we are going to make some certain arrests because these will not be tolerated.
This is not a market, this is a warehouse. We have activated our intelligence mechanism and they have come up with reports on where and how they are hoarding it, he said.