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Six killed as security forces open fire at COVID-19 supply warehouse in Ilorin

The facility along the airport road was looted after residents learnt it was holding palliatives for coronavirus pandemic.

• October 23, 2020
Covid-19 palliatives
Photo of Covid-19 palliatives used to illustrate this story

At least six people are feared killed on Friday evening after Nigerian security forces opened fire at a warehouse holding relief materials for the coronavirus pandemic.

Two witnesses said the violence along the airport road has gripped the Kwara capital. Witnesses said soldiers and police officers were amongst the security agents that opened live rounds at the warehouse after being called in by state authorities.

A spokesman for the police in Kwara did not immediately return a message seeking comments.

It came as COVID-19 warehouses are being detected in Lagos and other parts of the country, prompting citizens to besiege and loot them.

The palliatives were meant for the people worse hit by the pandemic, but some government officials have kept them in secret facilities in an apparent scheme to resell for personal financial gains.

In a broadcast at 11:30 p.m. Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said everyone in the capital should stay at home from midnight, noting that the curfew would last for at least 24 hours. 

Officials said the governor had ordered an investigation into the killing of civilians over the chaotic looting of food items.

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