Nobody Died, They Were Merely Wounded – Info Commissioner
**Stay Clear Of KOGI – Govt. To Hoodlums
Four persons have been reported death on Sunday as multitude of people stormed the state warehouse in Lokoja to cart away the remaining palliatives meant for covid-19.
The warehouse which is located along the Murtala Mohammed way, very close to Kpata market in Lokoja was invaded as early as 7am on Sunday mostly by women who invaded the place for covid-19 palliatives.
Though the four persons were said to have died as a result of stampede when people were rushing into the warehouse to take their own goods, but the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo had denied the story, said they were only wounded, rushed to the hospital and has been discharged.
The state government had last month commenced distribution of the Covid19 palliatives to all the 21 local government areas with each local government area getting one trailer and one canter truck loaded with items such as rice, semovita, indomie noodles, plasters all on 10 kilograms packs.
The recent events in the country must have piqued the state Governor, Yahaya Bello who on Saturday ordered for the remaining items to be distributed to people.
A fragile old man, one child and two females it was gathered died when some agitating youths made efforts to break into the warehouse without waiting for those sharing the items.
“At about 2.00 pm, the security personnel on guard were overpowered when those youths broke protocol and stormed into the warehouse. The stampede that ensued led to the death of some people in the crowd who fell down in their bids to grab some palliative and they were pressed down till they could breathe no more,” said Mrs Hajia Bilikisu who was at the scene.
She said that the security agencies at the beginning of the exercise in the morning had advised the people to maintain peace and avoid anything that will led to stampede, but the people did not listen.
She confirmed that they were there in response to the Governor’s directive that the remaining items be distributed to the people.
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However, the Kogi State government has warned hoodlums to stay away from attacking people’s property in the state, said such action will be met with resistance from the security apparatus in the state
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo who read the riot act on Sunday in a statement issued at the sideline of the final distribution of Covid19 palliative to vulnerable women and youths in Lokoja.
The statement reads apart, “The Kogi State Government has expressed deep appreciation to the 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.
“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.”