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Benue govt explains how market leader diverted COVID-19 palliatives to Kano

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The Benue State Government has shed light on how COVID-19 food palliatives were diverted to Kano by a market leader in the state.

The state Commissioner of Information, Mrs Ngunen Adingi and the Special Adviser to the Governor, Col. Paul Hemba (retd.), at a joint press conference on Wednesday, said the Chairman of Wurukum Market in Makurdi, who hails from Kano State, Abdullah Yusuf, diverted the goods to Kano.

It would be recalled that the police in Kano State had, during the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19, recovered 1,958 cartons of noodles suspected to have been diverted from Benue State to Kano.

The Commissioner of Police in Kano, Habu Sani, had said that some people were arrested between July 23 and September 8.

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According to Adingi and Hemba, the state action committee on COVID-19 had distributed some palliatives to traders at Wurukum market through its chairman who is from Kano.

“The action committee on COVID-19 decided to distribute palliative to market traders who were also affected from not being able to open their shops.

“The market association was invited and the palliatives were shared. However, we heard that chairman of the market, Yusuf, collected the palliative on behalf of the traders and instead of distributing to traders, he felt they should sell them and that is how the palliative got to Kano.

“The matter is being investigated and the chairman has been arrested”, Adingi said.

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