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.
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.
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.