A foremost Adamawa rice miller, Mohammed Shamad has cried out to the federal and state government to come to his rescue following massive theft of 10,615 bags of rice by hoodlums.
Speaking to newsmen in Yola, Shamad, who is the managing director of the company popularly known as Shamad Concept Nigeria Ltd, producers of assorted rice products, said the situation will force him to retrench some of the staff of the company.
He said 5,210 bags of white rice as well as 5,406 parboiled bags of rice valued at over N188 million was stolen.
He told newsmen Monday that, the thugs who initially burgled the state government’s central store, where palliatives were kept, suddenly switched over to the company opposite and carted away all the rice in the company.
According to him, 103 skilled and unskilled workers of the company, operating double shift may lose their jobs and urged for urgent government support to salvage the situation and restore back operations at the factory.
He said in order to secure another arm of the company, where padded rice is kept, the management has to engage the services of 100 vigilante operatives to provide security cover to its warehouse located near Yola abattoir.
He urged the federal government to come up with a committee to assess the quantum of damages wreaked on the company with a view to compensate business owners to avert economic turmoil.
Shamad however noted that the company’s machineries were not vandalized by the hoodlums.
He urged federal government to recruit more security and improve their condition of service to guarantee protection of lives and property.
Hoodlums across the state have launched a flurry of attacks on government and private institutions leading to massive theft of food and non food items.
The state government has in the wake of heightened attacks and massive looting declared a 24 hour curfew although the curfew did not stem the tide of the lootings.