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Four persons reportedly died and many injured as a result of a stampede that occurred when hundreds of people on Sunday stormed the Kogi State warehouse in Lokoja to cart away the remaining palliatives from the building.
The warehouse located along the Murtala Mohammed way, very close to Kpata market in Lokoja was invaded as early as 7 am since Saturday to Sunday by mostly women and youth who stormed the place for covid-19 palliatives.
The dead victims were said to have been stepped upon when the gates were thrown open for people to move in and take palliatives.
The state government had last week commenced the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to all the 21 local government areas.
Some of the women told our correspondent that they were at the warehouse as directed by the governor.
‘I am here to see if I will be lucky to get some food items for my family since things have not been easy for us since the COVID-19 pandemic.’
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, when contacted denied that anyone died.
“No one was killed. There were reports of injured persons. They have been treated. Some of them already discharged,” he said.