- Agric minister Ogbeh says the federal government is displeased with the actions of the police
- He says a petition by AFEX will be submitted to acting president Yemi Osinbajo
- AfDB president Adesina has also expressed disappointment at the actions of the police
The federal government has condemned the Nigeria Police Force for a raid on African Exchange Holdings (AFEX) warehouse by the security force.
The condemnation was handed out by minister of agriculture and rural development Audu Ogbeh.
Ogbeh described the actions of the police as being against the efforts of the government to develop the sector that it sees as critical to restoring the current economic recession.
In tweets on Saturday, July 15, Ogbeh said the actions of the policemen were condemnable.
He also disclosed that the matter would be reported to the acting president Yemi Osinbajo after the ministry got a petition from AFEX.
NAIJ.com gathered that the chairman of the African Development Bank and former Nigerian agric minister Akinwunmi Adesina expressed disappointment at the raid of the warehouse.
He tweeted on Friday, July 14:
AFEX is a pan-African holding company that was founded by former banking magnate Tony O. Elumelu and other top international businessmen to establish commodity exchanges across Africa.
In September 2013, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with agriculture ministry to create the first warehouse receipt system that will enable Nigerian farmers and cooperatives to safely store their produce at government-approved warehouses.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Ogbeh said that Nigeria produces more food than can be consumed by its people.
Ogbeh made his comments while flagging off the Nigeria Yam Export programme on Thursday, June 29.
According to the minister, a huge chunk of the food gets wasted due to poor storage facilities across the country.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video on Ebonyi, Nigeria's food capital