Hoodlums on Wednesday night attacked the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) disbursement team at Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State in Nigeria.
The team disbursing the money was earlier at the council secretariat in Omu-Aran where no fewer than 511 beneficiaries received N20, 000 each across the three wards in the community.
However, no member of the team was hurt during the attack, although some beneficiaries were said to have lost their stipend to the hoodlums.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team later left Omu-Aran to pay the beneficiaries in the eight other wards of the council before it was attacked at Ajase-Ipo at about 8pm.
About 1, 568 beneficiaries were expected to benefit from the CCT across the 11 wards of Irepodun Local Government.
It was gathered that it took the intervention of personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the team, who fired into the air to disperse the thugs.
The exercise was said to have ended abruptly, as many ran for safety.
It was reported that the disbursement had begun smoothly at Ajase-Ipo before the hoodlums started throwing stones at the team some 10 minutes into the exercise.
The disruption was not unexpected as tension thickens throughout Nigeria due to hardship compounded by Covid-19 lockdown in many parts of the nation. Businesses have closed and people have become stranded.
Informal businesses account for about 80% of Nigeria’s daily economic activities.