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COVID-19 Palliatives: Lagos Condemns Warehouse Looting, Gives Reason For Storage


COVID-19 Palliatives: Lagos Condemns Warehouse Looting, Gives Reason For StorageLagos State Government has condemned the looting of food palliative packages donated to the state by the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) group at a warehouse in Mazamaza area of the state. 

Mr Gawat Jubril, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, made this known in a statement released on Thursday evening, following the emergence of videos showing people looting the food items.

According to reports, hoodlums broke into the warehouse located on Benster Crescent, popularly called Monkey Village, in the early hours of the day and invited residents of the area to join them in looting the food packages.

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Reacting to this, Jubril stated that the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on September 22 received the receipt of the food palliatives from the CACOVID team meant for distribution to the indigent.

He explained;

The Government notes that the warehouse in question is not State owned and its usage was made available to the CaCOVID group. The State Government had been allowed to commence rebagging of food items allotted to it from the quantities meant for South West States.

Jubril stated that the rebagging was being done to account for each beneficiary receipt, as it was required and monitored by the CACOVID team.

He revealed that distribution of the food items was on-going but had to be halted due to protests, before the warehouse was invaded today.

The SSA revealed that for effective distribution of the food palliatives, some groups like Transport Unions, Artisans and Tradesmen Association, Marketmen and Women Association, People Living with Disabilities, Orphanages and Old Peoples’ Homes were being used as distribution channels to their members.

He concluded;

The State Government however regrets the invasion of the warehouse and appreciate the support offered by the CACOVID group to the citizenry of Lagos.

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