- Benue state government has urged security agencies to probe the diversion of COVID-19 palliatives
- The report said some palliatives meant for Benue were found in the Kano market
- SEMA said the investigation would expose those perpetrating the illegal act
Following the discovery that COVID-19 palliatives meant for Benue state were found in a market in Kano state, the executive secretary of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Emmanuel Shior, has called on security agencies to investigate the illicit act.
The Nation reports that a trader selling cartons of Noodles branded as COVID-19 palliatives designated for Benue state was arrested and paraded by the Kano state police command on Wednesday, September 9.
Legit.ng gathered that the SEMA boss made this known at a press briefing in Makurdi during the final distribution of COVID-19 palliatives donated by the federal government to the state.
Shior said the Benue government was aware that the COVID-19 palliatives meant for the state were sold in the Kano market.
“The Benue state government urged security agencies to properly investigate the media report and if found to be true, recovered and returned the palliatives to Benue state so that the poorest of the poor can benefit from it,” Shior said.
According to him, over 500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are spread in eight camps across the state would benefit in the last batch of COVID-19 palliatives.
He added that the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives at the council wards level was peaceful and successful.
“There was only one ugly incident witnessed during the distribution in Oju local government area, where hoodlums invaded the house of the council chairman, where COVID-19 palliatives were stored and carted away food items," he noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government said over N30bn has been used up in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic currently afflicting the globe.
It was reported that the revelation was made by the accountant-general of the federation, Ahmed Idris, while giving an account of the government's spending on the battle to stop the pandemic.
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