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Video shows Nigerian protesters discovering warehouse of COVID-19 aid locked by the government

The supplies include rice, noodles, beans, sugar, and salt.

Oct 23, 2020, 12:29 pm*

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A viral video shows massive groups of Nigerians storming a warehouse full of COVID-19 relief supplies, which were kept from the public by the government, Pulse reports.

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The supplies, which include rice, noodles, beans, sugar, salt, and garri, were piled in large white bags. Various videos this week show large crowds climbing through the supplies and grabbing as much as they can carry.

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Some tweeted that this incident is a reason to “end SARS,” which is a Nigerian police unit known for “brutalizing” young adults, according to the Huffington Post.

SARS, which stands for Special Anti-Robbery Squad, is known for attempting to halt Nigerian demonstrations for change. A movement to fund these protesters has resulted in donations and supportive social media posts from individuals like Beyoncé and Rihanna.

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Other videos show groups of Nigerians carrying white bags in the streets and people yelling.

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Mufu Akano told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was happy to be one of the individuals who went home with “what belongs to us,” per Pulse. Akano said the supplies were supposed to be distributed to residents, but they were locked up for unexplained reasons under an “evil” agenda. Civilians also discovered another warehouse packed with supplies, and videos show people yelling and grabbing piles of white bags.

“People have been dying of hunger and starvation, yet all this dey for one corner,” @okekedozzy0 tweeted. “Wickedness in the highest. Nigerian Officials, I’m SO disappointed in you.”

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“Why is there a warehouse filled with COVID 19 palliative? Who owns the warehouse,” scriptwriter Dami Elebe tweeted. “When was it going to be shared because COVID 19 curfews have been released and people are back to work? Nigeria, what is going on?”


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*First Published: Oct 23, 2020, 11:25 am