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COVID-19: Lawmakers refute allegation of hoarding palliatives in constituencies



Lawmakers in the Nigerian Senate on Monday denied hoarding palliatives in their various constituencies.

The senators affirmed that such report coming from the former Director of Media and Publicity of President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Committee, Engr Kailani Muhammad, was nothing short of wicked and cheap blackmail.

But in a statement by the Senate Spokesman, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said the palliatives meant for distribution to Nigerians by lawmakers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic were never in custody of lawmakers.

He insisted that the allegations were either wicked lies or deliberate misinformation on the part of Engr Kailani to bring lawmakers in conflict with their constituents.

“Lawmakers never received any COVID-19 palliatives from Mr President or the Federal Government, at all, for onward distribution to their constituents.

“While not speaking for the Governors, I make bold to say that no Federal lawmaker and indeed, no Senator received any kobo from Mr President or any food stuff or any material for that matter, talk less of hoarding them.