Five persons, four women and a man, were stampeded to death earlier today as residents of Alahu Osumba, Kikiri Local Government Area of Lagos State, and its environs scrambled over food items packed in a warehouse along Alahu Osumba Road.
All roads led to the warehouse as news filtered around 8 am that rioters had broken into the warehouse where COVID-19 food palliatives running into hundreds of bags and cartons were stocked.
YOU NEWS learnt that it was Orgnized private sector called Coallition Against COVID (CACOVID) that donated food items to all States of the Federation and the ones that belong to Lagos and Ogun State Govts are warehoused at BUA Warehouse in Mazamaza.
Lagos State is said to have been doing the re-bagging at the Warehouse and distributing to beneficiaries across the State.
The palliatives came into the State less than 2 months and distribution has been on going and distribution exercise was paused because of #EndSARS protest.
These palliatives were not only for Lagos state. Lagos Team team moved into package the quantity allotted to Lagos, and handover ceremony from the CaCOVID team to Lagos state was done late last month.
Society groups have been coming to pick the items…its all on @lagosagric1 platform. Other groups were yet to pick.
Now, all that is history, as Hundreds of residents from Agboju, Alakija, Maza-Maza, Mile 2, Comfort Obo, Kirikiri and the surrounding settlements trooped into the warehouse scrambling over such food items as rice, garri, indomie noodles, spaghetti as well as sugar.
A witness told YOU NEWS that the victims died when they were overpowered by the surging crowd who marched over them.
Residents who knew about the storage, cashing in on the #ENDSARS protest, broke into the warehouse and carted away all the food items.
Investigation revealed that when soldiers stormed the place in their Hillux van, they only shot into the air to momentarily scare the crowd away while they loaded their van with bags of rice, garri and cartons of noodles. The soldiers were reported to have left the crowd to continue the looting after they had had their fill.
When our reporter arrived to the scene, it was observed that some people had more than they needed and were even selling to willing buyers at reduced prices, while others wore long faces as they could not get much. Some people looted as many as 10 bags of garri and 12 bags of rice, while others carted a few sachets of Indomie noodles.
The people were livid with anger such that after they emptied the warehouse, they started removing part of the wall zinc and the wooden palate used to stock the food items.