Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said it has apprehended a 50-year-old man, Bukar Ladan, suspected to have duped 9,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs of N27 million under the guise of supplying food stuffs.
The Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno State, Abdullahi Ibrahim confirmed that Ladan was arrested in Mairi area of Maiduguri, the state capital, and that the suspect has collected N300 each from the 9, 000 IDPs currently taking refuge in different camps in Maiduguri.
The civil defence boss said his operatives found out that some of the women in the IDPs camp were grumbling that they have paid for food supply without being delivered.
He said, “It is very unfortunate that some people will go to this length and defraud this people who had suffered great trauma in the hands of Boko Haram insurgency. After going to the man’s house, we discovered that he did not have anything worth N10, 000. We don’t know what they are using the money for, but we are still investigating him.
Consequently, the Commandant has cautioned IDPs to be vigilant and wary of scrupulous elements activities in the society.
In the meantime, the National Commission for Refugees, NCR has distributed relief materials to the IDPs and returnees from Cameroun Republic being sheltered in Gamboru Ngala of Borno State.
The relief materials include mobile clinic, foodstuff, building materials, primary school materials and household items like bedding materials or bed sheets, plastic buckets and bowls as well as leather mats, detergents, soaps, sanitary items among others.
The items were presented to the Caretaker Chairman of Ngala Local Government Council, Abdulrahman Abdulkarim for inward distribution to the returnees and other beneficiaries.
Presenting the relief materials, the Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees, NCR, Hajiya Hadiza Kangiwa told the chairman that the items were meant for the returnees who returned from Cameroun Republic following the Boko Haram insurgency that made them to flee to the neighbouring country for safety.
The Chairman while distributing the items to the refugees, he urged the beneficiaries to be steadfast in their prayers for peace to return to the area and state at large.

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