Maiduguri, March 21, 2017 (TNE): The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has caught two persons with 4,000 sachets of therapeutic food meant for malnourished children of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno.
The Corps Commandant, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told newsmen on Tuesday in Maiduguri that the suspects were caught at the Borno Express motor park in Maiduguri while trying to move the items out of town.
According to him, the Ready-To-Use Theraphetic Food (RTUTF) was distributed by some Non-Governmental Organisations to nursing mothers in the camps to degrade malnutrition among children under five years.
”The suspects are among traders who normally buy relief materials donated to IDPs by international organisations. You can imagine that they came all the way from Kano just to exploit the IDPs.
“They said this was not the first time they would be engaging in such act.They have informants who supply them information on distribution of relief materials in the camps.
“It is very disheartening how people would take advantage of the victims of this crisis, not minding their conditions.
” You will recall that the command had nabbed some culprits who defrauded 9,000 IDPs of N29 million under the guise to provide rice for them.
“The IDPs themselves are not helping matters as they don’t pity themselves and their living conditions.The product is meant to help their children who are malnourished, but they prefer to sell the items and come back to say government is not taking care of them.
”It will interest you to note that some of the IDPs are vendors, and on many occasions, our officers inform us that whenever foodstuff is distributed in camps, the IDPs always stormed the markets to sell what was given to them.
”We are boosting our surveillance in various locations to curb this menace and I assure you that culprits will be arrested and prosecuted,” Abdullahi said.
Hassan Sale, one of the suspects, told newsmen that they usually visit the camps to buy the fortified food from nursing mothers.
“I bought this one from Zannari IDPs camp for N30 per satchet while we sell at N60 to our customers in Kano.
”This is my second visit, the first time was two weeks ago,” he confessed. (TNE)