The Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima , has ordered security agencies in the state to carry out full investigations into the alleged diversion of of rice intended for feeding internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.
The Governor issued the directive through a statement signed by his special adviser on communications and strategy, Isa Gusau.
The National Emergency Management AGency (NEMA) had supplied several bags of rice for the feeding of the IDPs but it was allegedly diverted by some government functionaries.
The statement noted the governor gave the instructions while speaking with members of the state executive council and heads of security agencies in the state.
“Gov. Kashim Shettima has directed security agents to investigate and arrest anyone found culpable in the alleged diversion of rice meant for the feeding of the IDPs in the state,” read the statement.
“The directive followed the circulation of video clips and still pictures on social media alleging that some officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) are re-bagging rice meant for IDPs’ feeding for onward sales in the market.”
“The governor said that although he would await the outcome of the investigation, he is aware that a group of Abuja-based politicians from the state have sworn to bring down his administration.”
“They are using all kinds of mischief, including the one of May 29 when hundreds of his posters were dubiously produced.”
“The posters were pasted along strategic points in Abuja and Kaduna, claiming that he is aspiring to become Nigeria’s president in 2019 with Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo as his running mate.”
“They are coming up with all kinds of mischief, including trying to set me up against the Presidency, they don’t care if doing that can obstruct our success in the war against Boko Haram insurgents.”