Heightened Security As Residents Loot Food Items In Nigeria’s Capital

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Mediaage NG News – ABUJA, Nigeria

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said it is tightening security at government food houses across the country, despite economic crisis that have caused increased in prices of food commodities.

Many are struggling to afford food and has led to increased cases of attacks on warehouses to steal food items.

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Inflation has risen to nearly 30 percent.

NEMA said it was increasing security “to forestall any breaches” at its offices and warehouses nationwide.

Local residents broke into and looted food items including bags of maize for hours at a facility in Abuja, the country’s capital.

Other items they deemed useful, including protectors used to barricade the site were also stolen. The incident also caused a gridlock as roads were blocked near the area.

Some videos are being shared online showing the chaotic scenes on Sunday, with crowds gathered around the facilities and others walking away with sacks of grain.

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The Nigerian Police say the situation had been brought under control.

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