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Fake News: Humanitarian Ministry Disclaims COVID-19 Palliatives Found in Lagos Warehouse, Discloses Owners

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has described as fake news the trending messages on and off social media linking to ministry to COVID-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse.

In a statement signed by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Special Adviser on Media to the Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Humanitarian Ministry noted that the palliatives were clearly marked “Lagos State Government and CA-COVID”

The statement read, “The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has been made aware of trending messages on and off social media alluding to the fact that Covid-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the ministry.

“This is nothing but a tissue of lies.
The photos and videos recorded at the warehouse show that the bags of rice and other items were clearly marked ‘Lagos State Government and CA-COVID’.

“CA-COVID is short for Coalition Against COVID-19, a private sector led task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control NCDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) with the sole aim of combating COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development did not procure, distribute or facilitate the distribution of palliatives under the Ca-Covid initiative.

“The ministry therefore wishes to inform the general public that it has nothing to do with the items found in that Lagos warehouse”, the Humanitarian Ministry concluded.

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