Councillor, Six Others Arrested In Borno  For Diverting IDPs Rice

Councillor, Six Others Arrested In Borno  For Diverting IDPs Rice

A supervisory councillor with Mafa local government area of Borno  State, Umar Ibrahim, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Maiduguri  for  allegedly diverting 300  bags of rice meant for the Internally Displaced Persons in the area.

Ibrahim, who supervises the local government’s agricultural  department, was arrested alongside others named Bulama Ali Zangebe and  Modu Bulama in a sting operation carried out by officials of the EFCC  zonal office in Maiduguri.

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According to the EFCC, the food was donated to victims of insurgency  in the area by the Danish Refugee Council, DRC.

Mafa local government is among the areas destroyed by Boko Haram in  Borno State.

The suspects confessed after interrogation that  they acted on  directives from the Caretaker Chairman of Mafa local government area, Shettima Lawan Maina. They  claimed the local government chairman directed them to sell the rice.

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The rice was reportedly sold to the duo of Lawan Ibrahim of Bolori  Stores and Umar Salisu at the rate of N8, 500 per bag.