Curfew Back As Touts  Loot Palliatives

...Edo, Taraba, Lagos, Plateau, C/River, Ondo Others Hit

Hoodlums over the weekend attacked  government warehouses in several states and looted COVID-19 palliatives.

Palliatives were looted in Edo, Plateau, Lagos, C/River, Kwara, Osun, Ondo, Taraba, Kaduna, Adamawa and other states.

At Uselu, in Benin, Edo State,the thugs, who had earlier in the morning, been prevented by military personnel from carrying out the act, succeeded in breaking the human shield mounted by the military and entered the store in their scores.

No incident of shooting was recorded as the miscreants, mostly youths, carted away food items from the warehouse.Many, however, sustained varying degrees of injuries in the ensuing rush.

In a statement, Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said upon receipt of relief materials, there has been an ongoing process of distribution for the past seven months to the vulnerable and poor population to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

He noted that most of the items in the warehouse had been distributed.

Plateau State  governor, Solomon Dalung addressed the people of the state.

He said,  “some hoodlums broke into the warehouses where palliatives delivered to the State by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last week were stored awaiting distribution and carted them away”

 “This looting has spread to other facilities and is gradually degenerating thereby threatening the peace and security of the State. To avoid further escalation, I hereby direct the immediate reinstatement of the 24-hour curfew earlier relaxed from 4 pm today 24th October 2020 in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas till further notice.”

 “By this, security agencies are directed to enforce the curfew and ensure that all violators are arrested and prosecuted. I call on all citizens and stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the Government in ensuring the peace and progress of Plateau State.”

Meanwhile  Ekiti State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr. Akin Omole, and his Agriculture and Food Security counterpart, Dr. Olabode Adetoyi, have raised the alarm over looting of poisonous items mistaken for Covid-19 palliatives in the state.

They raised the alarm on Saturday, saying huge quantities of poisonous items, mistaken for food yet to be distributed as Covid-19 palliatives, were looted in warehouses in Ado-Ekiti on Friday.

Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Omole, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti that raising the alarm became expedient to forestall any harm that could befall anyone who consumed the items.

Also reportedly looted was the office of the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Ado-Ekiti. “Information at our disposal revealed that the Federal Government’s silos, the ADP warehouse and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) stores, all in Ado-Ekiti, were attacked by hoodlums under the guise of seeking Covid-19 palliatives. “We insist that Ekiti State currently has no Covid-19 palliative warehouse as all the palliatives had been distributed.

“Unfortunately, the items carted away were Single Super Phosphate and NPK fertilisers, which they erroneously thought was gari. “The SEMA store too has only emergency supplies for disaster response.

 “Some people even made away with pre-fermented corns preserved for planting. All these items are poisonous and not fit for consumption. “We, therefore, appeal to our people not to consume these items because they can kill,” Omole warned.

In a similar statement, Dr. Olabode Adetoyi, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, confirmed the looting, warning that most of the items carted away contained chemically-treated seeds meant for planting. “They are not suitable for consumption,” he declared. 

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