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Palliatives Diversion: Nasarawa SEMA Officials Behind Bars

Some officials of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) have been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly diverting palliatives meant to be shared amongst residents of the state.

According to the information available to NIGERIACRIME, the officials were arrested alongside their accomplices.

Disclosing this in a statement made available to reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer of DSS, Peter Afunanya, said that the service had received complaints from some states relating to the diversion and sale of palliatives meant for their citizens.

Furthermore, Afunnanya noted, “Consequently, the Service undertook investigations in that regard and has recovered some of the items as well as apprehended the suspects.

“While this operation is ongoing in other states, the service has, for instance, intercepted a suspected criminal syndicate in Nasarawa State responsible for the diversion and sale of the palliatives.

“Among those suspects are officials of Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) and their accomplices in the markets, notably Modern Market Lafia, where the items were being resold.”

The DSS spokesman said the suspects had been handed over for appropriate disciplinary measures.

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He urged members of the public with information relating to palliatives diversion to report to relevant security agencies for necessary action.

In another news, a 43-year-old man was on Tuesday recovered dead from a domestic well in Ilorin by the Kwara State Fire Service.

The deceased, Abdulqadir Muritala of Oniguguru Compound Oko-Erin area of Ilorin, Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, fell into the well and was recovered dead behind Global Primary and Secondary School, Bayi Community, Egbejila area of Ilorin.

The spokesman of the state fire service, Hassan Adekunle, disclosed that the brigade was alerted through a telephone call by one David, a resident of the neighbourhood at about 10:30 am.

He said firefighters were able to recover the dead body from the well and later handed the remains over to one Mr Mohammed Abdulwasiu, a family member of the deceased.

Reports claimed the victim went to re-dredge the well but slipped and tumbled into the well.

The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, expressed sadness over the incident and urged the general public to be more careful in their day-to-day activities and desist from sending underage children to fetch water in wells.

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