Free for all fight as hoodlums hijack palliative for fuel subsidy removal in Kwara

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It was free for all fight on Friday evening at the Oja-Oba/Idi-Ape/Isale-Oja axis of Ilorin, East, and West local government areas of Kwara state as hoodlums hijacked trucks loaded with bags of 10kg rice meant to be delivered to yet-to-be ascertained communities as their shares of palliative to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

Accurate News gathered that the incident happened at around 6:30 p.m. when three Toyota Dynas fully loaded with rice passing through the area, attracted the attention of people and attacked the trucks.

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The three trucks fully loaded with rice were reportedly emptied by the attackers.

This development led to free-for-all fight, creating tension that sent shivers to the residents and traders operating in the areas.

Amateur video of the incident

The operatives of the Nigeria Police were later seen in the areas some minutes after the incidents questioning people, but, however, made no arrests at that particular time.

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Recall that as part of a measure to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy, the state government acknowledged receipt of N2 billion out of the N5 billion announced by the federal government, which is meant to purchase rice to be distributed to the vulnerable people.

The state government afterward announced a committee chaired by now retired Commissioner of Police Ebunoluwarotimi Adelesi and other prominent personalities to handle the assignment.

Subsequently, the committee flagged off the distribution of the 10kg rice with phase one carried out at the open field of St. Anthony Secondary School, Offa Road, Ilorin where 250,000 bags were distributed to the residents of the state, drawn from various associations.

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The committee later announced that they would continue the distribution of remaining bags by taking them to the local government areas, wards, and communities across the state.

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