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Saraki demands probe into theft of material for refugees

04 August 2016, 07:21

Abuja - The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has urged a probe into the alleged diversion of relief material to people displaced by the Boko Haram terror group.

Officials in charge of the distribution of the items have been fingered, prompting Saraki to appeal to security agencies and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to investigate.

Saraki urged the security agencies to immediately set up a team of detectives to investigate the allegations while recommending the Attorney General to ensure the prosecution of individuals found culpable.

“Such reports are totally unacceptable,” said Saraki.

“The IGP (Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris) must immediately take action and bring all those that have carted away relief materials meant for the people of the North East to book.”

Saraki further reiterated his call for an immediate review of the security situation in the region by the relevant authorities.

He urged domestic and international partners to step up humanitarian intervention projects in the area to save lives.

“It is a difficult situation, whichever way we look at it,” he said.

“However, its situations like these that should prompt aid agencies on the ground to scale up their activities and coordination in order to save thousands of lives.”

The Boko Haram crisis has caused untold suffering in the north eastern parts of the country with more than 20 000 civilians killed and over 3 million displaced.

Thousands of children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

- CAJ News


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