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Hungry Youths Break Into Warehouse, Loot COVID-19 Palliative in Benin

Youths in Benin City, Edo State broke into government warehouses on Medical Store Road in Uselu and Textile Mill Road and looted the COVID-19 palliative items.

The youths attempted to break into a private residence of a senior government official, and a private warehouse closed to the government house but were intercepted by security operations

Not done, the hungry youths matched to the medical store by Medical Store Road and Text Mill simultaneously after breaking the human shield by the military.

The youths went for a free-for-all with the food items in the warehouse, however, a man reportedly died during an attempt to escape from the warehouse, while a woman reportedly sustained injuries.

No casualty was recorded.

There were pictures of youth and elderly carting away with several bags of rice and cartons of other food items in their hundreds.

The state government denied hoarding palliative but argued that the Medical Store warehouse was “a strategic reserve to mitigate the eventualities” in the state.

In a statement signed by the governor special adviser on Medi and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the government was in the process of distributing the palliative for the past seven months to vulnerable and poor people to assist in the impact of COVID-19 crisis in the state after the ongoing process of distribution was completed.

Osagie said the looters also carted away some strategic medical assets, including vaccines, high-end equipment and other supplies.

Not done, the hungry youths matched to the medical store by Medical Store Road and Text Mill simultaneously after breaking the human shield by the military.

The youths went for a free-for-all with the food items in the warehouse, however, a man reportedly died during an attempt to escape from the warehouse, while a woman reportedly sustained injuries.

No casualty was recorded.

There were pictures of youth and elderly carting away with several bags of rice and cartons of other food items in their hundreds.

The state government denied hoarding palliative but argued that the Medical Store warehouse was “a strategic reserve to mitigate the eventualities” in the state.

In a statement signed by the governor special adviser on Medi and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the government was in the process of distributing the palliative for the past seven months to vulnerable and poor people to assist in the impact of COVID-19 crisis in the state after the ongoing process of distribution was completed.

Osagie said the looters also carted away some strategic medical assets, including vaccines, high-end equipment and other supplies.

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