Tension as hoodlums search for COVID-19 palliatives in Kuje

Tension as hoodlums search for COVID-19 palliatives in Kuje

- There is reported anxiety in the Kuje area of Abuja as hoodlums search for warehouses to loot

- The hoodlums are reportedly carrying out their search around streets in the vicinity

- Traders in Kuje have locked their shops to avoid falling prey to the looters

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Reports have emerged that the atmosphere at the Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is tensed up because of hoodlums who are searching to loot any warehouse with COVID-19 palliatives.

The Nation newspaper reported that hoodlums armed with sticks have blocked roads within the Kuje township and are marching around streets in search of warehouses.

Tension as hoodlums search for COVID-19 palliatives in Kuje
Residents of Kuje have panicked over the influx of hoodlums to the area Credits: Tv360nigeria.com
Source: UGC

The development has forced traders in the area to lock their shops, while residents are staying away from markets in the vicinity to avoid any crisis.

In another similar incident, suspected hoodlums on Tuesday, October 27, stormed into the orientation camp of the National Youth Corps (NYSC) in Kubwa, carting away mattresses and other valuable assets.

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The development plunged the community into unrest as gunshots rented the air with soldiers trying to safeguard the facilities from the looters.

An eyewitness claimed that the hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons including knives and other sharp objects, descended on the community and mounted roadblocks.

Meanwhile, amid the nationwide looting of COVID-19 palliatives, the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID (CACOVID) which donated the food items has issued a statement on the alleged delay in distribution.

In the wake of the discovery of the palliatives in several warehouses, many Nigerians have been accusing state governors and other politicians of hoarding the food items.

CACOVID has, however, said most of the looted palliatives in warehouses across the nation were awaiting distribution to over 2 million vulnerable households.

In another new report, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged federal and state governments to release all COVID-19 palliatives still stored in warehouses across the country.

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This was contained in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, October 26 and signed by the NLC president, Comrade Ayubba Wabba.

The NLC said it is concerned about the hoarded palliatives.

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