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DSS arrests Nasarawa officials, traders for diverting palliatives

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The Department of State Services has arrested some officials of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and their accomplices for allegedly diverting palliatives meant for vulnerable citizens.

The suspects were accused of selling the palliatives in the modern market in Lafia among others.

A statement on Tuesday by the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, stated that the service had recovered some of the items after an investigation into the matter.

Afunanya noted that similar operations were ongoing in other states of the federation.

 The statement read, “The Department of State Services has received reports from some state governments relating to diversion or sale of palliatives meant for their citizens.

“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 meant for the vulnerable in the place.

“Among those suspects are officials of Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and their accomplices in the markets, notably Modern Market Lafia, where the items were being resold. The suspects have, however, been handed over for appropriate disciplinary measures.”

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