Warehouse in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, where soldiers found hoarded supplies of rice, sugar and car tyres, were thrown open on January 13, and good sold at low prices.
GV Crowd outside tyre warehouse in Lagos, and being beaten back by police with batons.
SV Crowds queue at gates, and are controlled by police with whips PAN TO two men leaving with tyres.
SV People queue at warehouse, inside factory gates.
SV Police try to revive fainted man.
SVs Woman with two tyres, followed by two men with tyres. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Large crowd outside rice warehouse. ZOOM TO Police whipping people at doorway. People leave with bags of rice. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Warehouse in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, where soldiers found hoarded supplies of rice, sugar and car tyres, were thrown open on January 13, and good sold at low prices. Large crowds gathered outside the stores several hours before the sale was due to start. Police with whips controlled the crowds, ensuring that buyers only obtained their assigned rations -- one sack of rice, 50 kilos of sugar, and two car tyres each. The tyres, which fit Peugeot cars, had been selling at four times the price under the government of President Shehu Shagari, toppled in a military coup on New Year's eve. The goods on sale at six locations in the Nigerian capital, were either very scare, or subjected to sharp price increase before Major-General Mohammed Buhari took over in the bloodless coup. The sale, the latest in a series of actions by military governors in Nigeria's 19 states, reflected the new regime's efforts to fight the profiteering and corruption associated with the previous government. Meanwhile trading was said to have slumped on major markets in Lagos, as dealers awaited the announcement of new prices by the federal government. Wholesalers said they were not buying new goods for fear having to sell them at a loss. Prices of locally-manufactured consumer goods soarded last year following a prolonged shortage of raw materials caused by a sharp drop in foreign earnings from oil -- the country's main source of foreign exchange earnings. Armed soldiers raided markets soon after the coup, forcing traders to cut prices, but the new government said the raids were unauthorized and had been stopped.