A portion of COVID-19 palliatives meant for the Benue State were diverted to Kano State by a market leader in Makurdi.
The Benue State government disclosed in a press briefing on Wednesday that the Chairman of Wurukum Market in Makurdi, who hails from Kano State, Abdullah Yusuf, diverted the palliatives, including foodstuffs, to Kano.
The police in Kano State had during the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19, recovered 1,958 cartons of noodles suspected to have been diverted from Benue State to Kano.
Benue State Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ngunen Adingi, who addressed journalists in Makurdi after the State Executive Council meeting, said the state action committee on COVID-19 had distributed some palliatives to traders at Wurukum market through its chairman who is from Kano.
She said, “The action committee on COVID-19 decided to distribute palliative to market traders who were also affected from not being able to open their shops.
“The market association wasinvited and the palliatives were shared. However, we heard that chairman of the market, Yusuf, collected the palliative on behalf of the traders and instead of distributing to traders, he felt they should sell them and that is how the palliative got to Kano.
“The matter is being investigated and the chairman has been arrested.”
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