Four persons were feared to have died on Sunday in Kogi after residents stormed a warehouse in Lokoja in search of COVID-19 palliatives.
It was gathered that the fatalities were as a result of the stampede as the mob rushed to claim a share of the COVID-19 palliatives stored at a warehouse, located along the Murtala Mohammed Way, close to Kpata the market.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement on Sunday said: “Report at our disposal showed that local government authorities ensured the palliatives reached the masses and helped in ameliorating the hardship visited on our nation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We urge our people to continue to stand tall in public conduct as government will always put their welfare on the front burners.
“The Government of Kogi State also wishes to sound a note of warning to miscreants that all constitutional efforts will be geared towards protecting shop owners in the state as any violation of law and order will be met with superior resistance by law enforcement agencies.
“Our people should go about their normal businesses as Kogi State remains safe.”