SERAP calls for investigation in the alleged hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to promptly, thoroughly, transparently and effectively investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses in several states, which ought to have been distributed to the poorest and most vulnerable people during the lockdown, and to publish the outcome of any such investigation.

SERAP’s petition followed reports that some people have discovered and taken away COVID-19 palliatives stored in warehouses in several states.

SERAP in the petition sent to Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman, ICPC, asked the agency to ensure the prompt and effective prosecution of anyone suspected to be responsible for the hoarding.

In the petition dated 24 October 2020 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said it would seem that Nigerian authorities asked people to stay at home as a protective lockdown measure but then failed to discharge a legal responsibility to timely, effectively, and transparently distribute COVID-19 palliatives to ease the hardship faced by the poorest and most vulnerable people.