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Two killed, others injured in Enugu over COVID-19 palliatives rush

Two persons were reportedly shot to death in Enugu metropolis by military personnel yesterday. The two were among a crowd of people who had rushed off to Queens Secondary School, where Covid-19 palliatives were alleged to have been stored.

According to eye witness reports, some trucks had been sent to the palliatives warehouse in the school late on Friday night to move out the palliatives to another location, but they could not complete the mission before daylight. Crowds had trooped out to help themselves out with the loot, but stern, gun-toting soldiers warned them to stay away.

However, some dare-devil youths had approached the soldiers who shot and killed one on the spot.

“The bullet went straight into his chest and he died there. They took away his body”, a witness told Jungle Journalist Media Limited.

The witness said the other casualty was a student of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), who sold petroleum products around the school. He was hit by a stray bullet near the neck and he ran into a compound, where he later died.

Other information revealed that a number of people were also hit by stray bullets which injured them. At least, three such cases were reported by residents of the city.

A youth leader in the city who didn’t give his name argued that there were no palliatives in the school. He stated that the palliatives had been distributed since August “The distribution started from 10th to 15th August, 2020. Five days constant carrying from all the LGAs. Ordinarily, I would’ve kept quiet but the rumour is becoming something else and lives are been taking, due the quest of some searching for the palliatives where they can never find such”.

But Chinenye, another resident who was at Queens College argued “If there was no palliative at Queens College as they have argued, what were those trucks doing there? Because of the huge crowd, they could not drive out with the palliatives in the day time. I am sure they were waiting for night to come so they can move in the dead of the night to hide it again”, she said.

Abia Govt reacts to killing in Aba today

The statement below is from the Abia State Ministry of Information, reegeidng the killing of a man in Aba, by security operatives:

On the sad loss of life at Uratta Junction

Earlier today, some unidentified persons tried to confront security agents who arrested a tricycle operator that was illegally carrying passengers at Uratta Junction of Enugu – Port Harcourt Highway.

When the tricycle operator was arrested and taken to a police station, the assailants quickly spread rumours that he had been killed by security agents.

(See the picture of the reportedly killed tricyclist)

Meanwhile, the unidentified persons quickly mobilized a mob under the false guise that the tricycle operator was dead and attacked security agents and innocent people around the area. Reports reaching us has it that a passing security patrol team was attacked by the same mob and in response one person was shot dead as pictured below.

While we continue to call on security agents enforcing the current lockdown in the state to ensure they follow all service regulations regarding use of firearms in internal security operations and, indeed, condemn all extra-judicial killing of unarmed citizens, it is also unacceptable for hoodlums to organize themselves into mobs to try to burst the necessary lockdown or overawe armed security agents that are performing their lawful duties.

Nobody needs to die if we all do what is expected of us at this time and always. The decision to lockdown our state is one made to save the lives of our people and we perfectly understand how a people that are used to working very hard to take care of themselves and their families will feel being compelled, as a matter of necessity, to sit at home and do nothing.

Yet, the lockdown remains a sacrifice we must all make if we hope to remain safe from COVID-19 and come out of its socioeconomic effects as soon as practicable. We strongly advise all Abians to, please, stay at home as we are currently tracking some suspected individuals who sneaked into our state from neighboring states in the period of the lockdown. We wish to call on citizens to report anyone who sneaks into our state from any neighboring state through 0700 2242 362 for rapid response.

Please stay away from the streets unless you wish to restock between Saturday and Sunday before Monday, April 20, 2020, when another lockdown will commence in the state to enable us do the needful to secure and protect Ndi Abia. No matter what, do not leave your house without wearing a face mask and remember to wash your hands regularly, use original hand sanitizers and maintain social distance.

Regarding the individual who lost his life today, we sincerely sympathize with the family, and the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the State Commssioner of Police, CP Ene Okon, to thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading to the loss of the precious life and swiftly bring anyone found culpable to justice.

Finally, we strongly advise all citizens against confronting security agents for any reason at all. We have long set up a monitoring team that is reporting on the activities of all those enforcing the lockdown, and rather than confront armed security agents, please call 07088877797 to report your observations and we will take it from there.

Thank you.
-John Okiyi Kalu, Commissioner for Information.