The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu on Friday said the agency will put a stop to the diversion of relief items and food at the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps.
According to a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, Magu was quoted as saying this while promising World Food Programme officials paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
Magu agreed that there are corrupt practices in IDP camps and promised to dedicate a desk to stop these activities.
The Assistant Executive Director, WFP, Roberto DaSilva had asked EFCC to look into the distribution of food to IDPs.
Silva, said, “The programme focuses on food assistance with humanitarian and social objectives.
“We were in the process of identifying where the World Food Programme presence could support Nigeria, but the situation in the North-East of Nigeria changed our plans. However, we are back now.”
According to him, “As a result of the commitment we have undertaken, we are introducing a series of food assistance, one of them is where a financial transfer takes place to enable them buy food or where we admit any need for assistance in purchase of food.
“We will be disbursing millions of dollars to Nigeria, half of it will be a cash transfer and the other half is to purchase food items for the two states: Borno and Yobe. It is on this note that we have reached out to the EFCC.’’