The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, has ordered the arrest of hoodlums that allegedly diverted Ramadan food items meant for internally-displaced persons, IDPs, in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere council of the state.
The governor gave the orders to the police, while flagging off the distribution of 2,250 bags and tins of rice, sugar and tomato pastes at the Lamusila Primary School premises.
It was further gathered that about 50 percent of relief food items to displaced persons were either snatched or diverted at the distribution centres and affected wards of councils.
As a result of past experience which had to do with stealing and diversion, Giv Shettima had to supervise the distribution that lasted for over three hours.
The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi, revealed that 134,000 metric tons of relief food items were distributed to 1.9 million people in the two council areas, who are hosting displaced persons from the 22 councils affected by Boko Haram insurgency.