Three killed in Enugu as army takes over COVID-19 palliative warehouse

Three persons were on Saturday killed at Enugu over attempts by the residents to break into the state COVID-19 palliatives warehouse located at the Queens College.

Local sources told WAR that residents had on Saturday morning mobilized and went to the warehouse to break it and cart away food items, forcing the state to deploy soldiers who stormed the area and repelled the attack on the warehouse.

Mr. Ifeanyi Ezeh, a witness told this newspaper that one of the persons killed was a tricycle (KEKE) rider. Ezeh said the deceased came to the warehouse with his Keke to pack palliative items and was caught by a bullet allegedly shot by the military men who were drafted to guard the warehouse.

Mrs. Judith Ani, a human rights activist who confirmed the incident to WAR, said three persons were killed at the state warehouse, saying one of the deceased was shot on the chest by the military men who were deployed by the state.

Ani, however, said the state must be held accountable for killing its citizens over what she described as leadership irresponsibility.

Another witness, Chidiebere, told WAR there has been tension in Enugu since yesterday after the killings, saying residents may revolt against the state because many people are angry over the incident.

There are reported cases of citizens breaking into a warehouse in their area and carting away COVID-19 palliatives diverted and hoarded by the state officials.

Some of the states where residents broke into a warehouse and carted away items were, Kaduna, Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba, Cross Rivers, Anambra, and others.

Worse still, the palliatives were donated by the state, organizations, and individuals to be distributed to citizens during the COVID_19 lockdown, rather than distribute them, the state decided to divert and hoard them.

An action the citizens are not happy about, hence breaking into the warehouse and carting away the hoarded items by their state officials.

WAR could not immediately reach out to the Enugu state government for comment.

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