A supervisory councilor with Mafa local government area of Borno State, Umar Ibrahim, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) in Maiduguri over alleged diversion of 300 bags of rice meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 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 Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
Mafa local government is among the areas destroyed by Boko Haram in Borno State.
According to the EFCC, the suspects after interrogation disclosed they acted on directives from the Caretaker Chairman of Mafa local government area, Shettima Lawan Maina.
The suspects claimed the local government chairman directed them to sell the rice.
The rice was reportedly sold to the duo of Alhaji Lawan Ibrahim of Bolori Stores and Umar Salisu at the rate of N8, 500 per bag.