CRIME Po­lice ar­rest 3 over theft of relief ma­te­ri­als in Taraba

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Ma­gaji Isa Hunkuyi, Jalingo

Three per­sons have been ar­rested for al­legedly steal­ing relief ma­te­ri­als sent by the Taraba State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA) to vic­tims of the June at­tacks on Mam­billa plateau, the po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The spokesman of the Taraba State Po­lice Com­mand, DSP David Misal, told jour­nal­ists in Jalingo that the sus­pects - Ge­orge Kat­aps, Misa Abba and Tanko Sambo - were ar­rested in Gembu, head­quar­ters of Sar­dauna Lo­cal Govern­ment Area.

They are ac­cused of steal­ing about 30 bun­dles of roof­ing sheets and many bags of ce­ment sent by the state govern­ment to as­sist the vic­tims of the at­tacks in re­build­ing the de­stroyed houses.

He said the po­lice in the area, act­ing on a tipoff, traced the stolen items to the shop of one Emeka Ikenga, a trader in the town, who al­legedly bought the items from the sus­pects.

The po­lice spokesman said the Taraba State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice David A. Ak­in­remi has di­rected that the case be trans­ferred to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (CID) in the com­mand head­quar­ters in Jalingo for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Taraba state govern­ment had sent in 1000 bags of ce­ment, 1000 bun­dles of roof­ing sheets and sev­eral bags of nails as relief ma­te­ri­als to vic­tims of the Mam­billa at­tacks.

It was later dis­cov­ered that some of the ma­te­ri­als which were stored in the palace of the chief of Mam­billa had been pil­fered.

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