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Ondo residents loot food truck as hardship persists



Residents looting food and household items

Residents of Akure engaged in widespread looting of food items conveyed by a truck into Ondo State.

The truck was overpowered after it developed a mechanical fault at one of the popular junctions known as the cultural centre along the Ondo express road.

The fully loaded truck was conveying food items in cartons and bags.

Several witnesses who confirmed the development said those who attacked the truck and also looted its contents included petty traders, artisans, drivers, and commercial motorcyclists.

“How they got to know the content still surprised me. The truck developed a mechanical fault, and before we knew it, the residents forced it open.

“They began to bring out the items in the pack, which are mostly grains like rice,” a witness said.

However, a video that circulated on Monday night showed food remnants on the roadside.

A social commentator, Ibidapo Adelusi, immediately condemned the action of the residents, saying the police should go after the perpetrators.

“We know there’s hunger and hardship in the land, but this is a crime against fellow humans. The police should not hesitate to fish out these thieves,” Mr. Adelusi said.

We were unable to immediately reach Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the police spokesperson in Ondo, for comments, reports said.