Warehouse looting: FG, Lagos debunk diversion claim of COVID-19 food palliatives


By Moses Adeniyi

Following the outcry that trailed the  break into a warehouse in Monkey community of Maza-Maza, Lagos, on Thursday, where COVID-19 palliatives kept in store were carted away, the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government has expressed displeasures over the development.

In a reaction on Thursday, the Federal Government disowned the COVID-19 palliatives discovered in the Lagos warehouse, saying the items were not from it.

The Federal Government noted that the inscriptions seen on the back of the items indicated that they were donated by a coalition of some non-governmental organisations.

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in a statement on Thursday night, insisted that contrary to the belief in some quarters, the items were not from it.

The statement through Nneka Anibeze, Special Assistant to the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, read in full: ”The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has been made aware of trending messages on and off social media alluding to the fact that Covid-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the ministry.

“This is nothing but a tissue of lies.The photos and videos recorded at the warehouse show  that the bags of rice and other items were clearly marked ‘Lagos State Government and Ca-Covid’.

“Ca-Covid is short for Coalition Against Covid-19, a private sector led task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control NCDC and the World Health Organization WHO with the sole aim of combating Covid-19 in Nigeria.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development did not procure, distribute or facilitate the distribution of palliatives under the Ca-Covid initiative.

“The ministry therefore wishes to inform the general public that it has nothing to do with the items found in that Lagos warehouse.”

Meanwhile in a reaction on his Twitter handle, @gboyegaakosile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile debunked the insinuations that trailed the development, describing it as “a falsehood.”

Akosile who noted that the Government didn’t lock up the food packs, which are meant for distribution, stressed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu even “used his personal and State’s resources to get food palliative for vulnerable Lagosians even before 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,” he said.