Akeredolu defends Govs over allegations regarding hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives

Akeredolu defends Govs over allegations regarding hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday, November 1, slammed allegations that his fellow governors intentionally hoarded COVID-19 palliatives in their various states.

Akeredolu made this clarification at the church service marking the 3rd anniversary of the enthronement of the Bishop of Owo Diocese, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Dr. Stephen Fagbemi; held at the All Saints Church Idasen Owo, Ondo State.

The governor said the insistence on an official flag-off distribution exercise by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) was responsible for the delay in the distribution of the items to the citizens.

He, however, said the state was saved from the looting spree; due to the continuous distribution of the palliatives.

Hoodlums had last week invaded warehouses where the palliatives were stored in several states; across the country and looted the items.

Akeredolu said: “Those states where the palliatives were warehoused; were also waiting for the donation of the remaining items and flag-off by the CA-COVID-19.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, says the Federal Government is set to end impunity for crimes against members of the public including journalists.

Malami made this known in a statement issued by Dr Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations in Abuja on Sunday, November 1.

In a message to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists; the Minister said it was gratifying to note that Nigeria is no longer among the countries with impunity for crimes against journalists.

1st News reports that the day against is a UN-recognized international day observed annually on Nov. 2.

The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists; and likewise media workers; estimated at only one in every ten cases.

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“The 2020 global index for impunity for crimes against journalists by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ); released on Oct. 28 indicated that Nigeria is the only country that came off the index from 2019.”

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