Two women have died on Monday, 26 October in a vicious struggle for COVID-19 palliatives in a warehouse on Secretariat road in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Newsmen learnt that people were stabbed, some fainted due to suffocation, while several others were injured during the struggle.
The palliatives were reported to have included rice, salt, noodles, spaghetti and sugar, as well as other condiments.
Eyewitnesses said that attempts were made to revive those who fainted while the corpses of the deceased women were taken away by some residents.
A mob had gathered in front of the warehouse in a disorderly fashion around 8:00am to ‘collect’ their own share of the food items.
Uhiene, an eyewitness, said the process was smooth until noon when some impatient persons disrupted the peace.
“Right now, they (thugs) are pushing people inside, some persons are fainting, some are dying inside,” she added.
Another eyewitness, said, “Getting into the warehouse was very tough and hard. I suffered some bruises, but glory be to God, I made it; because, it was not an easy feat.
“Some are dying in there (the warehouse), others are suffocating, sweating…. There was a woman of 21-years-old that died inside. Another woman also died.
“I saw them myself. They were stepped upon when they fell down (in the stampede). The women couldn’t stand up. They were were trampled upon and killed.”
Malam Mohammed Musa Bello, the FCT Minister, has ordered the arrest and prosecution of the people who broke the warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were being stored in Gwagwalada.
Military personnel had later moved in to restore calm in the area while the FCT State Police Command is yet to speak on the attack on the warehouse.