AFEX commodities Exchange , Nigeria has raised an alarm over the illegal confistication of its 6million metric tonnes of maize grain valued in excess of N85million by officers of the Special Anti- robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police force from its warehouse in a Gestapo style
The warehouse which is located in Zaria belongs to the federal government but under lease to the company to help local farmers store their grains as a way of reducing postharvest loss.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja,the Country Manager of AFEX commodity exchange, Ayodeji Balogun said the illegal confiscation of the grains belonging to the company was authorized by the Kastina State Commissioner of Police.
He said "On the 6th of July 2017, the Mobile Policers Officers broke into their warehouse situated at Zaria along Kastina road handcuffed staff of the company alledgding that they had a search warrant gainst products but refused to tender this warrant on demand by the staff of AFEX until after they had loaded the 5, 571 bags of grains in 18 trailers from our warehouse.
"When they finally presented the warrant it was discovered that the warrant was against Diversified Consulting company
"With no concern for the laws of the land, the Nigerian Police displayed a complete disregard of the constitution protecting Afex's fundamental human right to own movable assets, misused the courts document and ilegaly carted away property belonging to AFEX".
Balogun however pointed out that the said company is unknown to them and AFEX has never had any relationship whatsoever with the company in questiion.
He lamented that for the police to have evacuated grain stock from the warehouse when the search warrant didn't even state such was the most degrading treatment or an organisation like AFEX commodities exchange that has contributed and continues mmensely to revamping the agriculture sector in Nigeria.
Already, the company has instituted a court process ordering the Chief Magistrate Court of Katsina state where the search warrant was issued to discharge, vacate and set aside the search warrant issued by it as well as direct the complaint to forthwith return to AFEX warehouse, the 5571bags of maize confisticated by it.