The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, said operatives attached to its Gombe Zonal office, had arrested the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Secretary, Dr. Danlami Arab Rukuje, over his alleged involvement in the diversion of relief materials meant for internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
A statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said Rukuje’s arrest followed a tip-off on the alleged diversion of building materials donated by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives (PCNI).
Also arrested alongside the SEMA’s secretary, were a store keeper at SEMA, Isa Garba, as well as a staff of the state’s Fertilizer Grinding Plant, Mu’azu Suleman KT.
Uwujaren said the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS), affected the duo’s arrest when it discovered that some of the said materials were kept at The Gombe State Fertilizer Grinding Plant, while others had found their way into the market.
“Operatives of the Gombe Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Secretary to Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Danlami Arab Rukuje, for alleged involvement in the diversion of materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“His 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 Gombe State Fertilizer Grinding Plant where some of the materials were kept was also raided”, Uwujaren said.
He added that: “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 Fertilizer Grinding Plant, Mu’azu Suleman KT.”
He noted that the suspects will be charged to the court upon completion of investigations.