Chidiebere Obika, the SSA to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Mobilization, has shared so facts about the relief materials in Awka.
This is coming after Youths in Awka on Saturday, 24th ambushed and looted a trailer conveying COVID-19 palliatives stored in a warehouse to an unknown location in the state.
Like a game, the youths were earlier repelled successfully from the State Emergency Management (SEMA) warehouse in Awka where the materials were packed by a combined teams of soldiers and policemen. However, they regrouped and tried to force open the warehouse, causing some government officials to order the loading of the foodstuffs in a trailer to a different location.
The first trailer was, however, ambushed at Aroma Junction, while being moved to an undisclosed location, while foodstuffs, including bags of rice, noodles and others were looted.
Soldiers later took over, shooting in the air to scare away hoodlums.
Now, in defence of public backlash, as at why the state have not distributed most of these palliatives to the state, Chidiebere Obika says –
- Anambra shared most of the palliative materials to various communities and organizations. This can be confirmed by the Presidents General of all the Town Unions in the State.
- The items at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) store are materials meant for communities, affected by recent flooding in some parts of the state who are currently at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps across the state.
- Attempt by hoodlums to invade and loot the SEMA stores was repelled earlier in the day but some cartons of Indomie were shared freely to pacify the anxious youths.
- It is unfortunate that some truck load of relief materials meant for the flood victims which was enroute the IDP holding centers in Ogbaru, Onitsha and Ayamelum was intercepted and looted on the highway.
- The restraint shown by the security personnel on site at the SEMA stores in the face of violent conduct of some of the youths is commendable.
- Anambra youths are advised to stand down and stop the destruction of properties across the state.