The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Dr. Danlami Rukuje, Secretary, Gombe State Emergency Management Agency, over alleged diversion of materials meant for internally displaced persons.
The arrest was disclosed on the commission’s website on Saturday by News Agency of Nigeria.
Rukuje was arrested following a tip-off received by the Intelligence and Special Operations Section of the commission.
“The materials, which included cans of paint and bags of cement meant as building materials donated to the state by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives, never made it to the IDP camps.
“Investigations showed that they were diverted to other areas, including markets, to be sold. A team of operatives acting on the information immediately swung into action and located shops where the materials were put up for sale. The Gombe State Fertiliser Grinding Plant, where some of the materials were kept, was also raided.
“A storekeeper at the state’s emergency agency, Isa Garba, was subsequently arrested. Further investigations led to the arrest of an employee of the plant, Mu’azu Suleman. The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” EFCC said.
- Bola Kougbe