Residents of Bayelsa State in Nigeria have raided warehouses where palliative meant for victims of flooding in 2022 were kept.
After heavy flooding that rendered many homeless and jobless, palliative which included food items were set aside for the victims of the flood by the government.
However, since 2022, none of the palliatives was distributed to the victims as the items remained in the warehouse.
Getting wind of the storage, residents stormed the warehouses and carted away the items.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency, which responded swiftly, revealed that the items were not fit for consumption.
The agency's claim sparked questions as to why a seeming abundance of flood palliatives was left to rot in the warehouses.
The incident has heightened the sense of mistrust between the populace and the government agency responsible for disaster management in the state.
Questions linger. If the food was not for the public, then for whom was it stored? If it was intended for flood victims, then why was it left to rot?