Alleged Theft: EFCC Arrests Gombe SEMA Top Official, Others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested the Secretary to Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Danlami Rukuje.
Rukuje was arrested by operatives of the Gombe EFCC Zonal office for his alleged involvement in the diversion of materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
A statement issued Wednesday by the agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the arrest followed a tip-off received by the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS) of the office.
“The materials, which include cans of paints and bags of cement meant as building materials donated to the state by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives (PCNI), never made it to the IDP camps.
“Investigations revealed that they were, instead, diverted to other areas including markets, for sale. A team of operatives acting on the information immediately swung into action and located shops where the materials were being sold,” the anti-graft agency said.
It added that operatives also raided the Gombe State Fertiliser Grinding Plant where some of the materials were reportedly kept.
“A store keeper at the state’s Emergency Agency, Isa Garba, was subsequently arrested.
“Further investigations led to the arrest of a staff of the state’s Fertiliser Grinding Plant, Mu’azu Suleman KT,” the commission said.
The EFCC said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.