The socio-economic Rights and accountability project SERAP asked the Independent corrupt practices and other related offences commission ICPC to thoroughly and transparently investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives in warehoused in several states, which ought to have been distributed to the poorest and most vulnerable people during the lockdown.
SERAP’S Petition followed reports that some people have discovered and taken away CODIS-19 palliatives stored in warehouses in several states.
SSERAP in the petition sent to the chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye asked the anti-graft agency to ensure the prompt and effective prosecution of anyone suspected to be responsible if there are relevant and sufficient admissible evidences of hoarding and diversion of the palliatives.
In the petition dated October 24, 2020 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said it would seem that the authorities asked people to stay at home as a protective lockdown measures but then failed to discharge a legal responsibility to timely. Effectively and transparently distribute COVID-19 Palliatives to ease the hardship faced by the poorest and most vulnerable people.