Councillor, Local Chief Bag Two Years Imprisonment for Selling Rice Meant for IDPs

Two men, a councillor and local Chief in Borno State, have been sentenced to two years imprisonment for Stealing food items meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for fraud and stealing.
The two men, Umar Ibrahim, councillor in the Mafe Local Government Area of the state and Chief Bulama Ali Zangon, were also told to pay a fine of N1m ($3,200, 2,900 euros) each for selling 180 bags of rice meant for people displaced by the insurgency.
The sale of the rice, part of a consignment of 300 bags donated by the Danish Refugee Council, fetched the two N14m, according to the prosecution counsel while prosecuting them at the Borno State High Court in Maiduguri.
Ibrahim and Chief Zangebe were said to have acted on the orders of the local government Chairman, Shettima Lawan Maina, who was named in the scam.
He was said to be absent from court during trial.
He has been detained since December last year on suspicion of links to Boko Haram and believed to be in military custody.
Civilians have been worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, with at least 20,000 people killed in Nigeria alone since 2009, and more than 2.6 million others made homeless. Aid agencies have warned that hundreds of thousands of people risk starvation because of a lack of food, as farmers have been unable to cultivate land due to the conflict, pushing up prices.
Most of those staying in camps for the internally displaced or with family and friends are reliant on food aid, which humanitarian agencies say is threatened by a lack of funding.

Author: News Editor

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