Buhari orders arrest of officials diverting IDPs relief materials

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the police to arrest government officials accused of stealing food aid intended for victims of Boko Haram in the North-east Nigeria, the president’s spokesman said yesterday.

Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, disclosed that the president had ordered the Inspector General of police to catch some of the alleged thieves and make public examples of them.

Recall that the Senate had recently launched an investigation into allegations of food aid being stolen and sold by state officials in Borno State, where aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced.

Public outcry was sparked in April when photos posted on social media appeared to show food aid on sale in shops. The items had logos of aid agencies, leading many to believe they had been diverted by state officials in camps for the displaced.

Vanguard, September 2

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