Kano State Reopens Warehouses Accused of Hoarding Foodstuffs

The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission has announced the reopening of 10 warehouses previously sealed for suspected hoarding of foodstuffs.

Commission Chairman, Muhyi Magaji, disclosed in a telephone interview with The PUNCH that the warehouse owners have complied with directives to open up their facilities for public sale.

Magaji noted that this action has led to a reduction in foodstuff prices across Kano State, attributing the drop to increased availability of commodities in the markets.

He remarked, “The commission’s intervention has compelled dealers to release their stock and moderate prices.”

Magaji emphasized that during the commission’s operation, numerous warehouses were found filled with goods such as spaghetti, rice, sugar, and other essential items, while the owners were absent.

Following the operation, the owners were summoned to the commission to face potential legal consequences for their alleged involvement in illegal hoarding.

According to Magaji, the initiative has significantly contributed to curbing price hikes and ensuring the availability of essential commodities in the state.

He refuted claims by the management of Dawanau International Grains Market denying any hoarding activities, asserting that the commission’s actions have resulted in tangible price reductions.

The interception of four trucks loaded with food items by the Nigeria Customs Service, Kano Area Command, highlights ongoing efforts to combat smuggling and ensure food security.

Customs spokesperson Saidu Nuradeen revealed that the intercepted items included dried fish, rice, and beans, intended for illegal export along the Hadejia-Taura-Ringim axis in Jigawa State.

Nuradeen reiterated Customs’ commitment to curbing smuggling activities, emphasizing their role in protecting the nation’s economy and public health while safeguarding government revenue.

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