Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Several thousand people ransacked and looted a government food warehouse in central Nigeria on Saturday in the latest in two weeks of unrest sweeping over Africa's most populous country.

After pillaging hit Lagos and Ede in the country's southwest, crowds of people raided a huge warehouse in Jos that was storing supplies destined for distribution during lockdowns imposed to control the virus pandemic.

Videos on social media showed thousands of people in Jos carrying away sacks of cereals and rice and bags of pasta. Looters stripped away parts of the roof of the building.

"So during the lockdown they were just hiding the food. I wonder about the kind of government we have," said Mafeg Pam, who lives in Jos. "Many people have died from hunger."

Another Jos resident, Mohammed Ibrahim, said: "They hid this food since the lockdown. By now they should have shared it."

Relative calm prevailed Saturday in Lagos however, where a strict curfew imposed on Tuesday in Africa's biggest city was eased as a week of violence also subsided.

Source: News24

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