Reports coming all the way from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, Nigeria has revealed that there was pandemonium on Saturday and Sunday near the Trailer Park at Ebubu in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers. This was as a result of scores of youth, women and children descending on a burrow pit.
They reportedly dug out and took home several tonnes of chicken condemned and buried by men of the Nigerian Customs. The scavengers reportedly came with shovels, pans, basins and buckets to cart their loot home.
The Customs had on Friday dug out a canal and buried thousands of cartons of frozen poultry they seized at the Onne Ports. Witnesses said the chicken were brought in six containers, emptied and buried before the customs party left.
The news soon spread abroad about the development and very early on Saturday, people trooped to the place.
Since no security personnel was nearby at the site, the people dug and opened up the pit.
A visit to many homes around the area on Sunday reportedly revealed that barbecuing was witnessed as people roasted and dried the chicken they exhumed from the burial site.
According to reports, a visit to one of the homes, revealed a full length refrigerator stocked full of roasted chicken, while the hosts invited guests to sumptuous picks.
The pathetic development has however sent an alarm across Eleme and neighbouring communities of the state capital as cries about the danger of eating the condemned chicken have gone across the society.
In the same vein, the Archbishop of the popular Commonwealth Covenant Church, the Most Reverend Moses Kattey, have warned people urging them to stay off eating chicken for two weeks.
According to him, the trailers of carton of chicken were buried by govt for health reasons. He said the products were expired and therefore posed health hazard. They were seized from importers because they were considered as contraband.