Defence corps arrests 40 suspects over theft of building materials for IDPs

Maiduguri, March 12, 2017 (TNE): The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno has arrested 40 suspects for alleged theft of building materials meant for reconstruction of homes for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama.

The Commandant of the Corps, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, said this on Sunday in Maiduguri.

Abdullahi said the arrest was made between February 29 and March 7 when the suspects tried to remove the materials from Bama to an unknown destination.

He listed the recovered materials as 100 Aluminium corrugated sheets, 300 kg of copper wire, 100 bags of cement, one generator and 70 broken aluminium pots.

Others include a Tiger generator, carpet, standing fan, six vehicle batteries, two stabiliser coils, a sewing machine, 10 television sets, six refrigerators and a unit of air conditioner.

“The State Government procured these materials to facilitate the rebuilding of houses destroyed by Boko Haram to enable the IDPs to go back to their homes as soon as normalcy is restored.

“But these bad elements are sabotaging this laudable effort.

“These unscrupulous elements, sometimes dig the ground and bury these materials whenever they sight our men on patrol. Many of them have been arrested while we are going after their patronisers and sponsors.

“So far, we have handed over the stolen items to the Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, Alhaji Babagana Umara, while the culprits will be prosecuted,” he said. (TNE)

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