EFCC arrests SEMA officials for diverting materials meant for IDP’s

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Gombe, have arrested the secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Danlami Rukuje, for allegedly diverting materials meant for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Alongside Mr Rukuje’s arrest, is his accomplices which followed a tip-off received by the intelligence and special operations section (ISOS) of the EFCC.

“The materials, which include cans of paints and bags of cement meant as building materials donated to the state by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives (PCNI), never made it to the IDP camps. Investigations revealed that they were, instead, diverted to other areas including markets, for sale,” he said.

“A team of operatives acting on the information immediately swung into action, and located shops where the materials were being sold. The Gombe State Fertilizer Grinding Plant where some of the materials were kept was also raided. A store keeper at the state’s emergency agency, Isa Garba, was subsequently arrested.

“Further investigations, led to the arrest of a staff of the state’s fertiliser grinding plant, Mu’azu Suleman KT.”

He added that the suspects would be charged to court, as soon as investigations were concluded.

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