Offbeat Nigeria: a new food aid center looted in Abuja

09:20  27 october  2020
09:20  27 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Looting has continued in Nigeria as people targeted government warehouses holding Covid-19 aid in the capital, Abuja , on Monday. Why was the aid being reserved? State governors have said the items were kept for vulnerable members of society and in preparation for a possible second wave of

Abuja , Nigeria – Nigerian security forces are struggling to contain increasing cases of looting on government-run warehouses across the country The storage facilities hold tonnes of relief materials including food meant for distribution during lockdowns previously enforced to stem the spread of the

À Abuja, les gens emportent des sacs portant l'inscription «—CaCovid / Ne pas vendre—», lundi 26 octobre 2020. © Kola Sulaimon / AFP In Abuja, people take bags with the inscription “—CaCovid / Do not sell—”, Monday October 26, 2020.

After the peaceful protests against police and power violence that degenerated into riots and vandalism last week following a bloody crackdown, there is now widespread looting of food aid reserves intended in principle for vulnerable families affected by the coronavirus crisis, never been distributed by the authorities.

With our correspondent in Abuja, Liza Fabbian

In the early hours of Monday, the population of Gwagwalada, on the outskirts of the federal capital Abuja, rushed to a huge reserve belonging to CaCovid, a private fund to fight against Covid-19 which funds a food bank.

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Looting is becoming a common sight in Nigeria as the country suffers the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. People carry bags of food on their heads during a mass looting of a warehouse that have COVID-19 food palliatives

An orgy of looting of a massive COVID-19 palliatives warehouse in Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja has occurred. Three women were feared to have died after being trampled upon during an orgy of looting of a massive COVID-19 palliative warehouse in Gwagwalada in the

A long procession of buzzing motorcycles, cars loaded to the brim, and busy pedestrians now ascend the long dusty road to the horizon. Some hold packets of noodles or rice in their hands, large sacks of sugar on which we can read “CACOVID / DO NOT SELL” in red letters.

Sheds ransacked across the country

"Around 5.30am this morning, we heard that a shed had been discovered and that there was enough food for all of Gwagwalada's inhabitants," said one man. That people should come and help themselves. All over these bags it says "Covid 19 food aid". »Sheds filled to the brim with food have already been forced and ransacked in several Nigerian towns: Lagos, Port Harcourt, Jos and Kaduna.

On the side of the road, Timi and her best friend, both 19, show off their booty wrapped in a scarf. “I saw all these people and followed suit. We saw a lot of people there. There are even people who died, they couldn't make it out of the hangar alive, she says. This reserve is immense! We saw lots of food! Look ! Look what we found! We weren't able to take any more because people were fighting. »

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Lack of transparency

Two women, maybe three, would have lost their lives, trampled by the crowd busy emptying the hangar filled to the brim. Tabia, barefoot under her loincloth, screams her anger. "They have hidden this food while waiting for the elections, and when they come, they will take it out again!" she is indignant. We Nigerians are suffering too much. Most of our young people don't have a job. Yes, there are some who become criminals, but how can we blame them? People are starving! Our government must leave, they are not helping us! "

The authorities assure that this aid was kept in case of emergency or of the second wave of the pandemic, but the lack of transparency in the management of funds and the discovery of these hangars across the country have further affected the Nigerians' confidence in their leaders.

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