The Agricultural Development Project warehouse where fertilizers were stored have been looted overnight.
The PUNCH reports that the looting was carried out on Sunday night when the security men attached to the warehouse in the Felele area of Lokoja were overpowered and several bags of fertilizers carted away.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement Monday morning, however, said those who carried out the operation were armed thugs, adding that they brandished dangerous weapons to overpower the security men on duty.
However, he said some of them had been arrested and were making useful statements to the Police.
“They stole bags of fertilizers and agrochemicals, dangling dangerous weapons to scare the security operatives on duty at the ADP. This is considered an attack on the economy of the State as the Government has positioned agriculture to drive the state out of the global economic gloom.
“The ever gallant security operatives in the State swiftly moved to the scene of the crime to ensure the prompt arrest of the robbers and recover all the stolen fertilizers and agrochemicals belonging to the Kogi farmers. The fertilizers in the Warehouse were reserved for dry season farming across the Confluence State.”
He said those arrested were already making confessional statements at the police station while others who fled the scene, leaving their tricycles already loaded with fertilizers, were being trailed by security agencies.
“Those apprehended to have stolen fertilizers belonging to Kogi farmers will be prosecuted and made to face the full wrath of the law,” he added.