Over 40,000 Households To Get COVID-19 Palliatives – Katsina Govt

A file photo of COVID-19 palliatives to be distributed to vulnerable residents. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Katsina State government has embarked on a fresh phase of palliatives distribution to over 40,000 vulnerable households across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.

Donated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the palliatives are meant to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katsina State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State COVID-19 Emergency Response Committee, Mannir Yakubu, told reporters on Friday that people of proven integrity have been selected to distribute the items which included millet, guinea corn, and maize.

Yakubu, who was represented by a Permanent Secretary in one of the state ministries, Aminu Bazariye, revealed that eight needy households were selected in each of the polling units to benefit from the gesture.

“In each polling unit, the arrangement is to make sure that the palliatives reach the vulnerable people in the grassroots.

“Each of the eight households will benefit from either a 50-kilogram bag of millet, guinea corn or maize. So, in total, we have over 40,000 households across the state that will benefit from the palliatives while the local governments are responding, they have started coming to collect today,” he said.

Bazariye appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the palliatives for the purpose which they were meant for and warned against the sale of the items.

A member of the committee and Head of Malumfashi Local Government Administration, Abdurrahman Marafa, who received the palliatives for his local government, pledged to deliver the palliatives to the people concerned.

The state government commenced the second phase of the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives across the local government areas on October 1.

According to Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tasi’u Maigari, the exercise is part of activities lined up to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th anniversary.

Over 4,000 vulnerable households drawn from three local government areas – Mai’adua, Dutsi, and Kusada – were selected to benefit from the distribution of the items.

NFF Confirms Receipt Of $1m FIFA COVID-19 Palliatives

A photo combination of NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and FIFA President, Infantino.

 

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick on Wednesday confirmed the receipt of $1 million as COVID-19 palliatives from FIFA. 

“Huge appreciation to football’s world governing body, @FIFAcom, for the $1 million (one million dollars) the Federation has received in the frame of COVID-19 palliatives,” Pinnick began in a series of tweets on his handle. “The money was received by the @thenff and we re-confirmed the purpose from FIFA two days ago.”

While noting that the fund is composed of $500,000 for “men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game,” he said FIFA will equally send another “$500,000 sometime in January 2021” as part of the palliatives.

The world football governing body equally sent in $600,000 for the FIFA Forward 2.0 projects in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State and Ugborodo in Delta State.

“At $300,000 each, it will enable the mini-stadia in both centers to start at a very good pace, as we earmark completion by the end of March 2021,” the Federation leader added.

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File photo: L-R: Fifa President, Infantino; NFF President, Pinnick andCAF President, Ahmad Ahmad.

 

He also said the NFF is expecting $300,000 from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) before November 1st, 2020.

According to him, “With the $200,000 we have already ring-fenced from our sponsors’ funds for the purpose, the coast will then be clear for us to start the disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries, as captured in our approved template, from next week.”

Even though the former Chairman of the Delta State Football Association acknowledged that the funds will be used in line with guidelines from FIFA, he said the NFF will work with its auditing firm to ensure the disbursements follow the best global practices.

“Beneficiaries MUST ensure 100% compliance to guidelines by ensuring that all funds are paid into designated accounts,” the Delta-born Pinnick stated.

“I would also like to thank all beneficiaries for their patience and understanding at these trying times. Finally, I would like to wish @FIFAcom President, Gianni Infantino God’s speed as he recovers.”

See the tweets below:

 

CACOVID Explains Why Distribution Of COVID-19 Palliatives Was Delayed, Urges Citizens To Stop Looting

Some residents with palliatives looted from a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja on Monday, October 27, 2020.

 

The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has explained why the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was delayed in some states.

The private sector-led organisation in reaction to the looting of COVID-19 palliatives from warehouses across Nigeria called for calm and revealed that most of the state governments did not receive complete delivery of items allotted to them early enough.

CACOVID explained that as at the time they embarked on the palliatives effort in April, they decided to procure the food directly from the manufacturers, to avoid a distortion of prices in the market.

They added that the food package was designed such that each of the nearly two million vulnerable families received: 10kg bag of rice, 5kg bag of garri/maize flour/semolina, 1 carton of pasta, 2 cartons of noodles, 5kg of sugar and 1kg of salt.

“Unfortunately, the very large size of the order, and the production cycle required to meet the demand, caused delays in delivering the food items to the states in an expeditious manner; hence the resulting delay in delivery of the food palliatives by the state governors.

“For instance, rice had to be milled, semolina and maize flour had to be processed, noodles and pasta had to be manufactured, and sugar had to be refined.

“As such, the first deliveries could not start until June. However, as of October 2020, a sizeable portion of the items had been delivered but yet to be distributed by the governors. Although various states and the FCT had commenced flag-off of the distribution of the food items since early August, some could not conclude the distribution as they were yet to receive complete deliveries of the items allotted to them,” the statement issued on Monday on behalf of CACOVID by Central Bank of Nigeria’s acting Director, Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi explained.

The group said further that although various states and the FCT had commenced flag-off of the distribution of the food items since early August, some could not conclude the distribution as they were yet to receive complete deliveries of the items allotted to them.

“In the interest of transparency and accountability, CACOVID will, in due course, be providing the full delivery schedule and flag-off dates by each state,” Nwanisobi said further.

“Given that the states and local government authorities oversee all relief efforts in their jurisdictions and know their citizens best, we had worked with each governor and the Minister of the FCT, utilising a combination of our protocols and their existing structures and processes to ensure food items reach the intended beneficiaries. We also appointed an independent monitoring team to ensure that the items would be delivered as intended,” the group said.

The group noted that not every warehouse in Nigeria that contains palliatives is affiliated to the CACOVID donation, given that the states, the federal government, and other organisations also made donations.

We Are Not Hoarding COVID-19 Palliatives – Bayelsa Govt

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri.

 

The Bayelsa State government says it has distributed all food items and other palliatives it received as donations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Information, Orientation, and Strategy in the state, Ayibaina Duba, stressed that the government was not hoarding palliatives in any warehouse in Bayelsa.

He explained that the clarification became necessary to ease the tension arising from attacks on warehouses containing COVID-19 palliatives and other items by rampaging residents in some states.

The commissioner believes although Bayelsa has been commendably peaceful, it is necessary to dispel misinformation from those with motives to foment trouble.

He stated that so far, the state government had distributed food and other items four times to residents across the eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) as COVID-19 palliatives between April and July.

“As a government, we commend the youths of Bayelsa for their peaceful disposition and their statesmanship in ensuring that the state is calm and rid of criminality.

“I recall that about two weeks ago, during the #EndSARS protest, Governor Douye Diri addressed the protesters at the Government House and marched peacefully with them to the headquarters of the state police command,” Duba noted.

He added, “The governor, thereafter, quickly acted on their demands by setting up two panels to address their concerns. Members of the #EndSARS campaign and the civil society are in these panels.”

The commissioner gave an assurance that the government would continue to encourage and support the youths to achieve their real potentials through entrepreneurship, agriculture, and skill acquisition.

Giving a breakdown of the donors, the items received, and the distribution to various LGAs, he disclosed that the government purchased and distributed 14,500 cartons of noodles, 14,657 (10kg) bags of beans, and 6,105 (10kg) bags of garri.

Duba listed other donors as the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, CACOVID Foundation, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Foundation, and Ecobank, among others.

He stated that beneficiaries of the items were in the eight LGSa, including non-indigenes, corps members, and the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons.

Others were the physically challenged, orphanage homes, and persons displaced by the Nembe community crisis.

Soldiers Arrest Suspects For Looting NYSC Camp

 

Security operatives comprising officers of the Nigeria Police Force and soldiers have arrested some persons for vandalising and attempting to loot some properties of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Speaking at the NYSC Camp, Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday after the security operatives arrested the rampaging youths, the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, stressed that the camp is not in possession of any COVID-19 palliatives.

He, therefore, appealed to the youths to stop attacking NYSC camps under the guise of looking for palliatives.

Some of the items that were carted away included mattresses, stationeries, boots and uniforms of potential corps members.

This comes in the wake of series of looting that has occurred across the country in the past couple of days, even as miscreants hijacked the #EndSARS protests.

Across the country, major malls, shops, private businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – prisoners have escaped from jails, following what started as peaceful protests, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, as well as better governance in the country.

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The looting of warehouses storing COVID-19 palliatives, first started in Lagos – part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state.

Viral videos on social media 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.

Nearly one week after, the lootings have intensified across other states with many slamming the government for ‘hoarding for months’ what could have helped Nigerians cope through the hard times of the pandemic.

The state governments, on the other hand, have come out to say the palliatives were not hoarded but rather saved for vulnerable groups of the society.

Residents Break Into COVID-19 Warehouse At Gwagwalada, Abuja

 

Residents in search of COVID-19 palliatives have stormed a warehouse located in Gwagwalada in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The looted items include rice, semovita, macaroni, spaghetti, sugar, salt, and fertilizers.

The warehouse which is located near West African Examination Council (WAEC) office, is said to contain items belonging to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

The youths had earlier on Sunday broken into a warehouse at Jabi district close to the code of conduct tribunal.

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Defying the presence of soldiers and policemen the looters made away with various bagged items and stationeries.

Another warehouse at Idu industrial area was also attacked by the looters. Although the looters were unable to lay their hands on COVID-19 palliatives, they vandalized the place removing windows and door frames.

See more photos from the looting at Gwagwalada below…

No State Hoarded COVID-19 Palliatives, NGF Insists

A file photo of members of the NGF at a meeting in Abuja in January 2020.

 

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has denied allegations that COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution were hoarded by state governments.

According to a statement signed by the forum’s spokesperson Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, on Monday, the governors have held several meetings since the #EndSARS street protests and started to address concerns of members of the public and that they identified calls for justice and an end to police brutality.

“The NGF wishes to state categorically that no State has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives,” the governors said.

Although the governors regretted the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that erupted they stressed that it is important for, “a lot of the information circulating on the social media needs to be fact-checked.”

“The NGF pleads with members of the public to desist from spreading rumours which further creates panic and stampede.

“For example, some of the properties stolen and vandalised, include palliatives set aside for vulnerable members of society.

“The NGF reemphasizes and corrects the impression that palliatives found in warehouses that were broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept in storage for members of the society especially our vulnerable citizens,” the statement read in part.

According to the governors, the erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is inaccurate, “entirely erroneous and untrue.”

The NGF added that some of the palliatives had the CACOVID stamp embossed on them, meaning that their source is unambiguous.

“Until mid-October, when the NGF had its last meeting, up to ten states had not participated in the flag-off ceremonies for the distribution of palliatives in their States. This was because the items meant for distribution in these states had not been completely received from CACOVID,” the statement added.

The NGF explained that some of the states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19.

They said further that some states were still receiving palliatives from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

NGF, therefore, called on members of the public to check their facts while everyone recognize the need for improved governance and are cautious not to push the wrong narrative.

Angry Youths Break Into COVID-19 Palliative Warehouse In Abuja

 

The search for COVID-19 Palliatives continues in the Federal Capital Territory as some angry youths on Sunday broke into two different warehouses in the nation’s capital.

The youths, not minding the presence of soldiers and policemen first broke into a warehouse at Jabi district close to the Code of Conduct Tribunal where they helped themselves with various bagged items and stationeries.

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The situation was worse at another warehouse in the Idu Industrial Area where some of the youths who were unable to lay their hands on Covid-19 Palliatives vandalized the place removing window and door frames.

Although calm has been restored in the area with Military Air patrol, some of the youths in an interview with Channels Television claim that they are only out to take their portion of the COVID-19 Palliatives.

VIDEO: Angry Taraba Residents Break Open Warehouse Storing COVID-19 Palliatives

Residents loot a warehouse containing COVID-19 palliatives in Taraba State on October 24, 2020.

 

Angry residents in Taraba State on Saturday broke open a warehouse containing COVID-19 palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), and the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC).

The warehouse is located at the Veterinary Clinic opposite the secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Jalingo, the state capital.

Despite the quick arrival of security operatives at the scene, they watched helplessly as residents carted away items kept at the warehouse to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Some of the residents told Channels Television that they took the action knowing that it was the current trend in the country.

As of the time of filing this report, the state government has yet to react or issue a statement on measures taken to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident.

However, there are reports that a stampede took place at the scene with no confirmed figure of casualties.

Watch the video below:

Ekiti Govt: Looted Items Were Fertilizers, Not COVID-19 Palliatives

Governor of Ekiti State (File Photo)

 

The Ekiti State Government has said that the items looted from Federal Government’s silos and the Agric Development Programme warehouse in Ado-Ekiti on Friday were not COVID-19 palliatives but fertilizers.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekiti State, Yinka Oyebode, the COVID-19 palliatives in the state had since been distributed during the lockdown period.

“Ekiti State has NO CACOVID palliative warehouse as all the palliatives have been distributed,” Oyebode said.

“The items being carted away are Single Super Phosphate fertilizer and NPK which they have erroneously identified as Gaari.

“The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) store has emergency supplies for disaster response e.g. flood, fire or any other emergencies,” he added.

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According to the statement, some of the raw food items carted away have already been preserved with chemicals which make them unfit for consumption.

The government, therefore, appealed to the people not to consume them for fears that they can kill.

“Some are even making away with corns preserved for planting, with chemical prefermentation. All these items are poisonous and not fit for consumption!

“We appeal to our people not to consume these items because they can kill,” the statement read.

Across the country, major malls, shops, private businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – prisoners have escaped from jails, following what started as peaceful protests, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, as well as better governance in the country.

The looting of warehouses first started in Lagos, part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state.

Crowd Storms Food Bank In Calabar, Loots COVID-19 Palliatives

Residents loot a warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were stored in Cross River State on October 23, 2020.

 

A crowd of residents has stormed the warehouse of the Cross River State government where COVID-19 palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) were stored.

The incident occurred on Friday in Calabar, the state capital amid reports of similar incidents in other states.

A group of youths had embarked on a peaceful protest against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Cross River.

They took their protest to the Governor’s office in Calabar where they called for a reform of the police, amid the #EndSARS demonstration which held in other states.

After making their demands known, the protesters were said to be on their way from the governor’s office before a crowd of angry residents took over.

In their numbers, the irate residents stormed the warehouse and made away with food items worth millions of naira.

 

From there, they went further to loot valuables from shopping malls and vandalised some banks and a police station, as well as the state government’s newspaper house, among others.

Condemning the incident, the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, called on residents to desist from the destruction of properties.

He explained that the state took delivery of the food items on October 12 from CACOVID and were awaiting distribution to various Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the state.

Governor Ayade added that considering the distance of about seven hours from Calabar to most LGAs, the government was concluding plans to distribute them before the incident happened.

He called on residents, especially the youths to protect the state’s properties rather than allow criminally-minded persons to destroy them.

Read the full text of the governor’s address to the residents below:

Fellow Cross Riverians, I want to address you on the burning issues as it concerns our young people.

The #ENDSARS protest has taken a different dimension in the state.

We the people of Cross River State are known to be peace-loving, we are known to be a people who love our neighbors, we are a very caring, very nice, and highly civilised people.

The #ENDSARS protest is a protest and a fight that all of us have identified with and we stand by you at this moment.

It offers a great opportunity for us in leadership to recognize the anguish, the pain, the agony and frustration you feel, and like I said in my earlier address, I stand with you in this difficult time.

But great Cross Riverians, if we destroy our own assets as a state with one of the lowest allocations in the country, we will not have the ability to rebuild.

The factories including the garment factory, the Industrial park, the Calachika; all the factories we have built, the idea is to create jobs because we recognize the fact that roads and superhighways cannot create jobs.

It can only create money for the contractors and so we decided to go agro-industrial so that we can create jobs for our teeming youth. Job creation is a topmost priority in our agenda to be able to address the issues before us today.

Even though the immediate cause is police brutality, the remote causes include issues of unemployment and lack of access. I believe that we have taken note of your concerns and we will address them.

Briefly, on the issue of palliatives being kept in warehouses, every state will have palliatives in their warehouse.

Let me thank and acknowledge CACOVID for the massive supply of all these palliatives. Note that as you empty your stock, they restock.

This keeps coming for Cross River State. Our last receipt was on October 12th, just last week. We were also told clearly that they (CACOVID) wanted to do a press briefing when they are handing over the palliatives.

So, there was a directive that this last stock Cross River got should not be shared until they come. The weigh bill is available, and it has been released for all to see. It shows that the stock arrived on the 12th of October 2020.

Unfortunately, by then this tension had started building up and we were already waiting on them to come. I also want to recall that we do the distribution of palliatives in Cross River State in a sequence.

We started with traditional rulers and churches, then we moved to local government by the local government via senatorial districts.

We had done distributions in the northern senatorial district and in the central senatorial district. The next batch of distribution was to be for the southern senatorial district.

So, the stock in question is for distribution in the southern senatorial district. As can be seen in a lot of videos on social media and Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, each time we distribute, we target widows, we target the aged, we target people who do not have money, people who cannot work. We target those who can fish no more, those who can no longer fish because they are aged and do not have loved ones.

If you watch the videos of our distribution, it is systematic. It is through churches and churches target the vulnerable and so as a young man who is 18, 20, 25, remember that the food you are picking belongs to our aged parents, a widow somewhere. There is hunger in the land, and I know this very well.

That is why our emphasis had been on mass employment, recruitment, salary payment, pension payment, and creating jobs, and focusing more on appointments. Today, we have over 6,000 political appointees. I do not need that much number of appointees.

So, it is for food on the table. It may not have reached you but somebody somewhere may have been reached.

We have just approved employment for another 20000 people and have made it very clear this should not be for politicians. I believe that in the course of time you will see the sincerity of my intentions.

Without factories, without industries, even if you have a Ph.D. you will have no job and so if we destroy the few industries we have built, how would we be able to create the jobs?

Cross River State as we all know is in a very challenging financial situation and because of this circumstance, I placed emphasis on humanity.

That is why I established the Ministry of Social Welfare and Humanitarian Services.  That ministry is responsible for the warehouse.

So COCAVID committee receives, stores, and the Commissioner goes to the warehouse and picks from there to distribute. If you know our state very well you will know that you can travel seven hours and you are still in the same state.

So, distribution and coming back to pick more is a very big challenge and so it is expected that indeed you must have stock to service every local government area. So, I would like the state and all young men and women to be very patient.

I have been in touch with the service commanders and have asked that the warehouses be thrown open without security molesting our young people who will get there.

That instruction I gave in the name of God that I serve, and I am sure my press secretary has also issued a statement in that regard.

Let us note that the most vulnerable, our weakest in the society, the aged, the widows, the poor who are without loved ones are the owners of the food you are taking.

But we believe that you (young) also deserve food and that is why we have made a commitment that we will continue to expand government. I know what I go through.

If you sit in my office as governor of a state with one of the least allocations yet with the biggest land mass of about 23000 sqkm , you will realise how very big a challenge it is to run the state.

You have made your points very loud and clear. Cross River understands the situation and we stand with you and we ask that you obey and abide by the regulations and rules of the curfew in place.

It will be called off very soon to enable us get back to work. I always do my best to avoid any form of dislocating your social life and your businesses. We understand that some people came through the waters in chartered boats into the state.

Cross Riverians, this is not us; this is not our nature. So, I call on Cross Riverians both young and old to rise up and defend our state. If it burns to ruins, we have no other state to call our own.

Therefore, it is time to rise and defend our state. It is not good to throw away the child with the bathwater. Please protect your motherland, protect your state so that as young people, you will have the opportunity to become leaders tomorrow.

Let us not destroy this beautiful state which is the tourism capital of Nigeria. If we have these kinds of incidents, it will disrupt our carnival, it will disrupt our culture, it will disrupt the impression that we are the most peaceful state.

Let us therefore, come together and hand hold each other to protect us and protect our state from external Infiltration because I know the real young Cross Riverians, who indeed have been leading these protests have also issued statements to say they do not want it to degenerate to violence. So, I know that what happened today (Friday) is definitely something a bit external.

Cross Riverians, this is not the time to pass blames, this is not the time to exact vengeance. Every politician must have his political opponents who think differently but at this time, let the fear of God prevail because Nigeria is at a very challenging moment. Let us overcome this situation across the country and have reasons to celebrate the ability to survive it.

The cases of other countries who have been through this path is very well known to us particularly here in Africa. It will be very dangerous for us to continue on this path.

You have made your points and as they say where I come from,  when a thing gets too long it becomes a snake. I plead that government be given the opportunity to repair the damage and reverse the history of pain and frustration that you have been through.

 

I thank every single Cross Riverian and I believe that by tomorrow we will come out and together, clean our streets, and thank God for what has happened, and pray that it ends well.

But we all must rise up and defend the state, defend our assets, defend our capital, defend our various local government areas because anybody who mistakes this and turns this into a political issue will never know where it will end.

You don’t know which of your loved ones will be affected. I have issued clear instructions that as much as possible I would like to see that Cross River State returns to normalcy quickly.  it is my wish and hope that this situation ends today and should never happen again in our history.

Please we have learned our lessons, give us the opportunity to make amends. No human is perfect. Whatever your concerns are, please let the spirit of Cross River take over. I plead with you using the blood of Jesus that please let us forgive each other and come together as a state. Let us be united at this hour and fish out the people who infiltrated our state.

I know that as Cross Riverians, violence is not in our DNA. God willing tomorrow we will all come together and say hallelujah that God has made it possible that we now have peace.

Thank you and God bless.

Looted CACOVID Palliatives Were Meant For Special Vulnerable Group – Kwara Govt

A photo of the scene of the incident which occurred in Kwara State on October 23, 2020.

 

The Kwara State government has condemned the action of some looters who invaded the cargo terminal in Ilorin, the state capital, and carted away palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

The state government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, on Friday, said the items were meant for the poor and a special group of vulnerable people.

The Commissioner said further that CACOVID and the state government on September 23rd flagged off the distribution of the palliatives and had distributed the majority of the palliatives to the identified vulnerable households in 15 of the 16 local government areas of the state.

“The remaining palliatives in the terminal, which the hoodlums preyed on until chased away by security agencies, were meant for special vulnerable groups and just one local government where names of the beneficiaries have just been delivered and officials have started distributing when the street urchins breached the wall of the facility,” the statement added.

Afolabi-Oshatimehin explained that the looted items were meant for specific households, as dictated by CACOVID, and so names had to be properly generated to allow for transparent and orderly distribution.

“The actions of the hoodlums are condemnable and those already arrested would face the full weight of the law.

“The government would not tolerate anyone hiding under any guise to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” she added.

The state government said the action of the looters is condemnable and does not reflect the good nature of the people of the state.