Toddler, grand father die In Kogi palliatives’ looting stampede – Report

A child was among four people who were trampled to death on Sunday while some residents were looting COVID-19 palliatives at a warehouse in Lokoja, Kogi State, North central part of Nigeria.

A report by New Telegraph, which showed this, added that the other victims were a grand father and two women.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP William Aya, however, declared that nobody died in any stampede.

The warehouse, located at the John Holt Market, Lokoja, was forced open about 7am by members of the public, including Okada riders, taxi drivers and market women.

The palliatives included rice, noodles, and pasta, sugar. It was learnt that some security person-nel, including soldiers, formed a barricade around the warehouse, warding off the looters.

But about 2pm, the security personnel on guard were overwhelmed by the increasing number of people, among them students, who mobilised to the scene.

“They gave way to the thousands of people who had been lurking around the area. Four of the people were trampled to death in the ensuing stampede,” New Telegraph reported.

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