Probe diversion of palliatives – Benue SEMA Boss urges Police

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The Executive Secretary of Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Emmanuel Shior, has called on the Police to investigate claims that palliatives meant for the state found their way in the market outside the state.

Media reports have claimed that the Police Kano State nabbed one Yusufu Abdullahi selling Dangote Branded Indomie Noodles meant for Benue State as palliatives, tagged CA-COVID-19 (Coalition Against Covid-19) -Not for Sale.

Dr. Shior, while addressing the press shortly after flagoff of distribution of the last tranche of CACOVID-19 palliatives to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) warned that the items are not meant to be sold.

He denied that the items are not from any of the SEMA stores, noting that “it was only in Oju that the CACOVID palliatives that were taken to Local Government Area and kept in the Council Chairman’s official residence that the hoodlums invaded the place and carted away food items.”

He said the Governor and the CACOVID team have good intentions and directed that the palliatives get to the persons of concern.

“We have heard that the palliatives are being sold in the markets. But I want to say that Benue SEMA and CACOVID team did not follow every beneficiary to their houses or locations to see what they were doing with the items.

“About the Police report from kano concerning the parliatives that were intercepted and claimed to come from Benue State, it may be the looted CACOVID Palliatives and others from different sources that were reported to have been intercepted by the Police in Kano.

“I want to use this medium on behalf of the State Action Committee on Covid-19 to request the Commissioner of Police in Benue State to investigate the veracity of the claim by the Kano Police and if those CACOVID Palliatives are truly from Benue State, they should be returned and handed over to the State Government for onward distribution to the persons of concern who are poorest of the poor.

He however said the distribution of the palliatives to the persons of concern at the council wards level had been “very peaceful and successful.”

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