Hardship: Residents in Ondo overpower truck driver; loot foodstuffs branded in Tinubu’s name

Residents of Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Monday, engaged in widespread looting of food items and grains conveyed by a truck into the state. According to reports, the truck was overpowered after it developed a mechanical fault at one of the popular junctions known as the cultural centre along the Ondo express road. It was learnt that the fully loaded truck was conveying food items in the cartoons branded in President Bola Tinubu’s name. Several witnesses who confirmed the development said those who attacked the truck and also looted…

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Nasarawa: ​7 students feared dead during rice stampede

Seven students of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, have been reportedly killed in a stampede while struggling for rice meant to be distributed as palliative by the State government. The students were said to have allegedly broken into the warehouse where the food items were kept to be distributed Friday morning, overpowered the security attached to the institution at about 5 a.m., and forcefully broke into the warehouse scrambling for palliative. It was gathered that some students billed to benefit from the Nasarawa State government palliative were issued I.D cards to…

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N500m Palliatives scandal rocks Senate

The Senate has been thrown into a rowdy session following revelation of uneven distribution of Federal Government’s palliatives to senators for onward disbursement to their constituents.   The Red Chamber was debating the allegation by Senator Abdul Ningi, the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum during an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service. Ningi had claimed that a whopping N3.7 trillion was padded in the 2024 Budget, causing an uproar among his fellow senators and sparking intense debates. The session degenerated further, when Senator Jarigbe Jarigbe revealed that…

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Economic Hardship: NURTW Kaduna distributes cash, goodsto 360 people as palliative support

The Kaduna State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), under the leadership of Alhaji Tanimu Aliyu Zaria, has supported 360 people with money and other palliatives to ease the hardships faced at this time of high cost of living due to the removal of fuel subsidy. The NURTW State Chairman, Alhaji Tanimu Aliyu Zaria, who disclosed this at a press conference, said they took this step in order to support the people at this time when life has become expensive. “Any help or support given by the…

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Lagos: 7 killed in Customs subsidised rice stampede

No fewer than seven people were reportedly killed in a stampede amid a rush for subsidised rice in Lagos yesterday. The stampede allegedly occurred on Friday, during the struggle by a crowd during the distribution of seized bags of rice by the Nigeria Customs Service at its office in Yaba. According to a shared WhatsApp message, the seven died while trying to buy the seized rice being put up for sale by the Nigerua Customs Service, (NCS), at subsidised prices. Recall that on Thursday, the NCS said it has begun…

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Economic Hardship: Senator Ahmed Malam-Madori distributes 4,614 bags of rice, cash worth N90 million to constituents 

The Senator representing Jigawa North-East senatorial district, Ambassador Ahmed Abdulhamid Malam-Madori, has distributed 4,614 bags of rice and cash worth N90 million to his constituents. The programme was launched by Governor Umar Namadi Ɗanmodi, of Jigawa state, in Hadejia, the headquarters of Hadejia local government of Jigawa state.  The governor was represented at the event by the Head of Civil Service of the state, Senator Mustapha Makama Kyawa.  The state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Malam Aminu Kiskis Gumel, and other advisors of the governor graced the occasion.  All…

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“Betta Edu’s illegal N585m palliative payment under investigation” – Presidency

Hassan Farouk The Presidency has said that it is investigating the transfer of N585.189 million grant meant for vulnerable groups in Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Ogun and Lagos States into a private account. Recall that there have been stringent calls, across the social media, for the sacking of Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, for directing the payment. Many are asking the President not to condone impunity and demanding that Edu be removed as minister and made to face interrogation by anti-corruption agencies. However, the Special Adviser to…

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Kano: “How we uncovered diversion of palliatives” – Gov. Yusuf

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, yesterday, uncovered a warehouse where food items meant for palliatives were being diverted at Sharaɗa industrial estate in the State. Leading government officials and newsmen to the isolated warehouse, Governor Yusuf was conducted round the facility where supposed hijacked food items were kept along with drums of chemicals. The incident occurred following a tip from some community members in Sharaɗa, who discovered suspicious movements of unknown people around the warehouse and reported the matter to Sharada Police division. While briefing the Governor at the…

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Palliatives Diversion: Nasarawa Assembly probes govt. officials

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has set up a 7-man committee to investigate the alleged diversion of palliatives by government officials and stakeholders in the state. The House charged the committee to ensure that all those involved in diverting palliatives meant for the poor of the poorest are punished according to the laws of the land. Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the Assembly announced this on Tuesday under matter of public interest brought by Musa Abubakar (NNPP- Doma South) during plenary in Lafia. The speaker assured that the…

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Kwara: Hungry, angry mob besiege fully loaded lorries of palliatives in Ilorin

Three lorries, fully loaded with 10 kilograms of rice bags meant as palliatives to cushion subsidy removal, were on Friday hijacked by irate mobs at the Oja-Oba/Idi-Ape/Isale-Oja axis of Ilorin-East, and West local government areas of Kwara State. According to a video footage, which went viral on social media platforms, the incident happened at around 6:30 p.m. when three Toyota Dyna lorries fully loaded with rice passing through the area, attracted the attention of people, who attacked the trucks. It was gathered that the consignment of rice in the three…

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