The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested some officials of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) for diversion or sale of palliatives meant for their citizens.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.
The statement said the service also arrested their accomplices in the markets, notably Modern Market Lafia, where the items were being resold.
He said the arrest followed reports from some State Governments relating to the diversion or sale of palliatives meant for the citizens.
“Consequently, the Service undertook investigations in that regard and has recovered some of the items as well as apprehended the suspects,” the statement reads.
“While this operation is ongoing in other states, the Service has, for instance, intercepted a suspected criminal syndicate in Nasarawa State responsible for the diversion and sale of the palliatives meant for the vulnerable in the place.
“Among those suspects are officials of Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) and their accomplices in the markets, notably Modern Market Lafia, where the items were being resold.”
He said the suspects have, however, been handed over for appropriate disciplinary measures.
“The Service, therefore, calls on members of the public who may have information relating to this emerging trend to report same to the relevant security agencies for necessary action,” the statement concluded.
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