Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Monday, ordered the arrest of thieves who stole Ramadan food items meant for internally-displaced persons, IDPs, in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere council of the state.
Shettima instructed the police to find the alleged hoodlums, while distributing 2,250 bags and tins of rice, sugar and tomato pastes at the Lamusila Primary School premises.
He stressed that the arrest is necessary as about half of the distributed relief food meant for displaced persons have been snatched or diverted at the distribution centres and affected wards of councils.
Yesterday, Shettima was in charge of distributing food items for more than three hours.
Still on the Ramadan food distributon, chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Ahmed Satomi said 134,000 metric tons of relief food items were distributed to 1.9 million people in the two council areas hosting displaced persons from the 22 councils affected by Boko Haram insurgency.