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Published On: Wed, Oct 28th, 2020

Gwagwalada: Hunger made us to break warehouses, residents tell minister, chairman

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By Usman Shuaibu

We are hungry that was why we broke the warehouses in Gwagwalada and Tungan maje on Monday to cart away the palliatives meant for us, some aggrieved residents of Gwagwalada have declared to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello as well as the Chairman of Gwagwalada, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha Danza.
The inhabitants also said that they broke the warehouses due to the failure of the Minister and the Council Chairman to come together to distribute the palliatives to the residents.
A resident, Mr John Emmanuel, explained that the food items were distributed to the various Area Councils about eight months ago, but the council chairmen did not share the palliatives for the residents.
Emmanuel said: “We are not concerned with the #EndSARS protest, but we demonstrated to get our palliatives kept in warehouses in Gwagwalada and Tungan Maje”.
Another resident, Yakubu Ismaila, a father of five children said: “I did not know when last I ate three square meals in a day, but with what happened today, I can eat well with abundant foodstuff ”.
He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari had given the palliatives for Nigerian leaders to share for the vulnerable, but some state governors including the FCT Minister had kept the food items at the warehouses.
According to Ismaila, “We are happy that every resident in Gwagwalada was able to get palliatives to eat with their families”.
Mrs Ngozi Moses, a mother of four, expressed delight that she was able to get enough food to eat with her children.
She stressed the need for the government to understand the needs of the people, saying this was the only way the poor would enjoy the gains of democracy.
On his part, an aggrieved APC member in Gwagwalada who spoke on the condition of anonymity, accused the Chairmen of the area councils of keeping the palliatives in the warehouses without sharing for the residents.
He noted that the council chairmen kept the palliatives in order to use it for the electioneering campaigns in 2022.
In a similar development, some irked residents in Kwali Area Council carted away food items and fertilizers at the Area Council warehouses.
Speaking on the development, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of 
Gwagwalada Police Command, Mr Wilson Dankwano, disclosed that four people died during the struggle for the palliatives at the Warehouse in Gwagwalada.
It was observed that some APC members took away palliatives from the warehouses in Gwagwalada/ Tungan Maje.

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