Scores Break Into Warehouse In Lagos, Loot COVID-19 Palliatives
Scores of Lagosians have broken into a warehouse in the Amuwo area of Lagos State where COVID-19 palliatives were being stored.
Viral videos on social media on Thursday showed people packing out bags and cartons of the palliatives which were ought to have been shared by government to cushion the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
Also spotted in one of the videos, was a van belonging to a joint Internal Security Operational platform, OP MESA, and people loading the vehicle with the palliatives.
Elated by their finds, many took to social media to share pictures and videos of the loot, as several others slammed the government for ‘hoarding for months’ what could have helped Nigerians cope through the hard times of the pandemic.
In a swift reaction, however, the state government debunked reports that the palliatives had been stored in there for months.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, in a tweet described the comments as ‘falsehood and inciting’.
“The government didn’t lock the food packs in. They’re in warehouse for distribution,” he said.
According to him, the governor only received the palliatives on September 22, less than a month ago.
Akosile further explained that Governor Sanwo-Olu had used his personal and state resources to get food palliatives for vulnerable Lagosians even before the contributions from the Coalition Against COVID (CA-COVID).
This is falsehood. This is inciting. The Gov didn’t lock the food packs in. They’re in warehouse for distribution. Stop inciting Nigerians. Gov. @jidesanwoolu used his personal and State resources to get food palliative for vulnerable Lagosians even b4 Ca-COVID. Promote peace. https://t.co/bk3d8b8zIR
— Gboyega Akosile (@gboyegaakosile) October 22, 2020
— Bryto1 (@brytoblaze) October 22, 2020
Zamfara Arewa CESC Yoruba North Nnamdi Kanu Oba of Lagos Tribal Hausa Africa Seyi Tinubu Ikoyi Warri Prison Ghana pic.twitter.com/IDqYC7xuGC
— The Duke 👑 (@Duke_CBE) October 22, 2020
This is coming amid the chaos, series of destruction and looting that has occurred in many areas of the state.
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Major malls, shops, businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos.
Peaceful protesters had gathered despite a curfew imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances.
At the Lekki Toll Gate which has been one of the major converging points, peaceful and unarmed protesters, however, defied the curfew and stayed put, hours after it was to have commenced.
The situation took a turn for the worse around 7:00 pm when the security operatives stormed the area and started shooting sporadically.
“It wasn’t to drive us away, it was to kills us,” one of the protesters who said he saw the armed soldiers, told Channels Television.
According to Amnesty International, at least 12 people were killed in the deadly shooting.