Looting: I forgive my accusers –Minister

Hajiya Sadiya, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Umar-Farouq, says she has forgiven those who accused her of hiding COVID-19 palliatives meant for the poor masses. On Monday, while fielding questions from journalists in Gusau, she said, “I am aware many people have made various spurious allegations and accusations against my person and my ministry over the way we distributed Federal Government palliatives to cushion the effect of COVID-19. “I have always said I am carrying out my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability and with fairness to all parts of the country. “Now that they have realised their mistakes, l will only pray to God to forgive us all,” she maintained. The minister had earlier paid homage to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, where the monarch appealed to the federal government to take second look at the security situation in the state. “The federal government should support the state in opening more access roads to expose the hideouts of criminal elements and give security operatives easier access to counter all terrorists. “We should also be considered for more federal appointments because currently, we only have one federal permanent secretary. “I want to assure you that we will continue to support all federal government programmes geared towards improving the wellbeing of the people,” the emir said.

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Reporter feared dead in Lokoja

Emmanuel Adeyemi,  Kogi State correspondent of The Sun newspaper, has been shot. Adeyemi was shot near the gate of the secretariat when he was on his way to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Lokoja, the state capital on Monday. At 10.am on Monday, Adeyemi, posted warnings of shootings on the state correspondents’ chapel’s WhatsApp group platform. He wrote: “Gentlemen, there are sporadic shootings along Govt House Junction. I learnt that there is serious problem with youths and police along Zone 8 right now as they are bent on invading the govt warehouse located along that way.” According to reports, the drive-by shooters whose bullet hit Adeyemi from behind, also shot a passerby whose name we do not know and we gathered that the victim just arrived from Benue State. During the careless shooting in Lokoja, hoodlums resumed looting in another warehouse in the Zone 8 area.

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Looters were given 48 hours to return stolen palliatives -Plateau

Plateau State Government has given looters 48 hours to return stolen COVID-19 palliatives they have  in their possession or risk being arrested. In a reaction on Monday, the State Police Command described the act as criminal, nothing that the looters should return the stolen palliatives before Wednesday. In a statement on Monday, the acting Spokesman of the State Police Command, Donbey Peters, made this known. The statement reads in part, “Sequel to the ugly occurrences that bedevilled some parts of the state particularly Jos North and Jos South LGAs, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Edward Egbuka, has condemned in totality the breaking and looting into government warehouses, shops and private houses of individuals by hoodlums and other criminals within Jos and Bukuru metropolis under the guise of #EndSARS protests. “He described it as an act of criminality aimed at truncating the tireless efforts of the police and other security agencies on the Plateau. This has led to the arrest of over a hundred persons. “He stated that the Government of Plateau State is giving these looters the grace to return immediately, every looted item to the nearest local government office not later than Wednesday 28/10/2020. Anyone found in possession of any looted item after this date will be arrested and brought to book.”PALLIA The statement reminded the public that the 24-hour curfew imposed by the government is still in place and cautioned the public against disobedience.

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Thugs have continued looting of warehouses in Gwagwalada and Idu in Abuja

Suspected thugs have continued with the looting of warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were kept. In Gwagwalada, a satelite town in the Fderal Capital Territory, the youths are presently looting some warehouses. We gathered that they carted away cartons of cereals, bales of clothes, bags of rice and millet and other commodities. Youths who raided some warehouses at Idu Industrial Estate on Sunday, have resumed their activities this morning. During their looting, hundreds of youths,  men,women and some children defied security operatives as they carted away different COVID19 palliatives.

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BREAKING: Hoodlums invades Abuja industrial estate, loot warehouses

On Sunday, hundreds of thugs, invaded the Idu Industrial Layout in Abuja, raiding several warehouses. We gathered that the thugs made away with various items such as bags of rice, cartons of tin tomatoes,  cereals, milk, bales of Ankara materials, and other items. Despite the presence of some policemen, the hoodlums did not stop  instead they continued to plunder warehouses. The hoodlums were seen with stolen goods, loading tricycles and motorcycles as policemen fired teargas.

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Lalong orders fresh 24-hour curfew after invasion of palliative warehouses

The State Governor. Simon Lalong has ordered a fresh 24hrs curfew in Jos North and Jos South local government areas of the State. On Saturday morning, warehouses were ransacked as some residents got away with bags of grains donated according to the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as palliatives to the State. He said, “Fellow citizens of Plateau State, you will recall that I announced a 24-hour curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas on 20th October 2020 in response to the disturbances that arose when hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protests leading to the destruction of lives and properties. After an assessment of the situation, the curfew was relaxed from the hours of 6 am to 8 pm from yesterday 23rd October 2020. “However today, some hoodlums broke into the warehouses where palliatives delivered to the State by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last week were stored awaiting distribution and carted them away. “By this, security agencies are directed to enforce the curfew and ensure that all violators are arrested and prosecuted. I call on all citizens and stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the Government in ensuring the peace and progress of Plateau State.”

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