Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Palliative prowling: FCTA tightens security around warehouses

The FCT Administration has beefed up security around all ware houses storing food and other palliative items, in order to prevent them from being looted as was recorded in several states.

Security operatives had a tough time over the weekend, dispersing hoodlums who had stormed the Cyprain Ekwensi Centre for Art and Culture at Area 10, attempting to loot its warehouse. The Security personnel fired gunshots and tear gas to deter the crowd who were determined to make away with COVID-19 palliative items they believe were stored at the centre.

However, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, had over the weekend revealed that there were no hoarded palliative items in various stores across the territory.

Aliyu, in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media, Austin Elemue, assured that items for flood victims were safe and secured, as security agents are being deployed to man strategic areas.

The minister, also stated that the FCT Administration had in the past few months distributed all items procured and also distributed donated items to the area councils, community associations, non-governmental organisations, civil societies and professional bodies/associations, stressing the administration has continued to receive donations that are distributed on a continuous basis, transparently.

She affirmed that, “details of such distributions are in the public domain, reaching more than a million households and individuals across the territory.” She stressed that that the administration did ensure that CSOs and the ICPC participated in the distribution exercise to ensure transparency.

Aliyu revealed that warehouses are supposed to stock supplies for emergency response including the recurrence of COVID-19 emergency, warning that unsuspecting members of the public should therefore not be lured into criminality under the guise of 'hoarded' palliative food items in the territory.

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