By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri
A supervisory Councillor with Mafa Local Government Area of Borno state has been arrested by the operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
The council officer alongside others were arrested over an allege diversion and sales of 300 bags of rice meant for Internally Displaced People of the local government.
Umar Ibrahim who supervises the Agricultural department of the local government alongside others; Bulama Ali Zangebe and Modu Bulama, got arrested via a sting operations by officials of EFCC Zonal Office in Maiduguri after gathering enough intelligence which led to the arrest of the councillor and his coconspirators.
According to the EFCC, the food was donated to victims of insurgency in the area by Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
Mafa local government is one amongst the towns destroyed by Boko Haram in Borno State.
Following interrogation, the suspects according to the EFCC revealed they acted on directives from the Caretaker Chairman of Mafa LG Shettima Lawan Maina to sale the quantity of the rice.
The rice was said to have been sold to the duo of Alh Lawan Ibrahim of Bolori Stores and Umar Salisu at the rate of N8, 500 per bag.
Investigation revealed that one Abacha Ali who specialized in buying of rice given to IDPs was arrested.
Two agents, Gambo Alh Bulama Halilu Abdullahi who acted as sales agents in the transaction were also arrested by Operatives of the Commission.