Shettima orders prosecution culprits in diversion of foodstuff for IDPs

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has called for the prosecution of persons who diverted 50 bags of rice meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
Shettima gave the directive in a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in Maiduguri.
According to Gusau, the directive followed report that hundreds of IDPs apprehended some officials of the State’s Emergency Management Agency while allegedly stealing some of the of food meant for their upkeep.
“Four officials were said to have been arrested by the police after IDPs held them.’’
Gusau said Shettima was very bitter about the development and has vowed to ensure anyone found wanting amongst those arrested was prosecuted.
“Governor Shettima approved funds for the foodstuff at the IDP camp and he is deeply pained by this development”, he said.
He added that the governor regarded diversion of food meant for IDP’S as a crime against humanity which must not go unpunished.
He pointed out that the food in question was part of those bought by the Borno State Government for feeding of IDPs in December.

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