by Isi Esene
Four suspects have been arrested in Anambra State by operatives of the State Security Service for selling over 20,000 books meant for the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB).
The four suspects were accused of selling the books at giveaway prices.
The suspects were arraigned before a Minna Chief Magistrate Court I for allegedly stealing over 20,000 text books and other instructional materials belonging to NSUBEB.
The suspects arraigned for the alleged crime are Abubakar Mohammed, Mohammed Ndako, Mohammed Sani, and Tanko Abdullahi.The suspects include a staff of Niger State House of Assembly, the store officer and two other senior staff of the board.
Reports say they were rounded-up by the SSS operatives after a tip-off revealing that copies of the book were found to have been sold in open market.
Niger State is one of the Northern states, the parts of the country notorious for the high number of ‘Almajiris’, children of school age who would rather go about begging alms as a means of living.