The Kogi State Commissioner for information and communication Kingsley Fanwo has denied report making the rounds of death of some citizens during the distribution of the Covid19 palliatives in Lokoja today.
Some section of the media had alledgedly claimed that some Persons died as a result of stamped at the venue were the Government was distributing palliatives at Kpata.
But accoding to Fanwo: “No one was killed. It is sensationalism. Media practitioners should stop killing people with their pens. There were reports of injured persons. They have been treated. Some of them already discharged. Those journalists that reported death thought they could stir crisis in our dear state. But they will fail. Peace will continue to reign in our state.
It could be recalled that before the rumour made the rounds, the Kogi State Government had in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, expressed deep appreciation to the good people of the State who turned out at the State Warehouse to share the remaining palliatives that were reserved for women and youth groups after Government had distributed the bulk of the palliatives to all the 21 Local Government Areas.
In a statement by the Government, ” The report at our disposal showed that Local Government authorities ensured the palliatives reached the masses and helped in ameliorating the hardship visited on our nation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We urge our people to continue to stand tall in public conduct as Government will always put their welfare on the front burners.
The Government of Kogi State also wishes to sound a note of warning to miscreants that all constitutional efforts will be geared towards protecting shop owners in the state as any violation of law and order will be met with superior resistance by Law Enforcement Agencies.
Our people should go about their normal businesses as Kogi State remains safe.