Scores of Lagosians have broken into a warehouse in the Amuwo area of Lagos State where COVID-19 palliatives were being stored.
Viral videos on social media on Thursday showed people packing out bags and cartons of the palliatives which were ought to have been shared by government to cushion the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
Also spotted in one of the videos, was a van belonging to a joint Internal Security Operational platform, OP MESA, with people loading the vehicle with the palliatives.
In a swift reaction, the state government has, however, debunked reports that the palliatives had been stored in there for months.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, in a tweet described the comments as ‘falsehood and inciting’.
“The government didn’t lock the food packs in. They’re in warehouse for distribution,” he said.
According to him, the governor only received the palliatives on September 22, less than a month ago.
Akosile further explained that Governor Sanwo-Olu had used his personal and state resources to get food palliatives for vulnerable Lagosians even before the contributions from the Coalition Against COVID (CA-COVID).