Some hungry Nigerians have carted away with bags of garri from the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency’s, SEMA, Warehouse, at Igbogene, Yenagoa, the State capital.
The stolen bags of garri were being distributed as relief materials, to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown in the State.
It was gathered that the persons moved over 150 bags of garri out of the Warehouse, and carted them away through a bush path.
The State Government had on Thursday, commenced the distribution of the bags of garri to the three Local Government Areas of Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw, and Kolokuma/Opokuma, in the first phase of the exercise, under the supervision of the SEMA Chairman, Zedekiah Izu.
Izu, who is also a member of the State’s Covid-19 Task Force, chaired by Governor Douye Diri, had explained on Thursday, that the staple was meant for the victims of the 2019 flood in the State, but the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, delayed in bringing them to the State.
He added that the Governor directed that the bags of garri be distributed to the poor, to reduce the hardship being suffered by the people, as a result of the lockdown imposed on the State, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The stolen bags of garri were said to be allocated to the Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas.
An eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “The boys came threatening to deal with anybody who tried to stop them from having their Covid-19 palliatives.”
The incident was said to have caused pandemonium in the area, and the Warehouse was forced to be closed down, to prevent the looting of the remaining bags of garri.