Looted ‘palliatives’ in Ekiti are poisonous to eat – Government warns

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation as well as the Commisioner for Agriculture and Food Security have raised alarm over the looting of poisonous items mistaken for COVID-19 palliatives in the state.

Information Commissioner Mr Akin Omole, and Dr Olabode Adetoyi, of Agriculture and Food Security, said on Saturday, October 24, 2020, that the items looted from a warehouse in the state are poisonous and are not COVID-19 palliatives.

The commissioner said some of the items that were carted away are fertilizers and others preserved seeds for planting.

Part of the statement from the Information and Civic Orientation office reads:

“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 gari. 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.”

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