Kano unseals 10 warehouses accused of hoarding foodstuffs

The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission said on Tuesday that it had unsealed the 10 warehouses sealed last week for alleged hoarding of foodstuffs.

The chairman of the commission, Muhyi Magaji, said in a telephone interview with newsmen that the owners of the warehouses had shown up and they were directed to open and sell to the public.

Magaji said, as a result, Kano had begun to witness a drop in the prices of foodstuffs.

He said, “The action taken by the commission has forced the dealers to bring the commodities to markets as well as reduce their prices.

“We visited a number of markets, including Dawanau International Grains Market, Singer Market and Kwari Market, among others.

“If you go to Shuwari market in Jigawa and Faskari and other markets in the neighboring states, you will see that the prices of grains have reduced compared to before.

“If you recall, during the operation, the owners of such warehouses were nowhere to be found but those opened were stacked full of commodities, including spaghetti, rice,  sugar and other food items.

“The owners were issued a notice to report to the commission preparatory to facing charges before the court of law for their illegal activities.”

According to Muhuyi, the operation made a significant impact towards checking the increase in the prices of grains and other essential commodities in the state.

He dismissed the claim by the Management of Dawanau International Grains Market that they were not hoarding foodstuff in order to create artificial scarcity.


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