The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) on Monday announced the arrest of a suspect at a motor park in Borno State allegedly trying to divert books and other educational materials donated to schools in the state by the United Nations.
NSDC disclosed this on Monday in Maiduguri at a press conference organised by its Borno state command.
According to the State Commandant, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the agency acting on intelligence, traced the suspects to the motor park where they were trying to take the items outside the state.
He said the books were usually repackaged by the suspects for sale in the open market.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has been in the forefront of education support in Borno State, especially in the resuscitation of schools crippled by Boko Haram.
“We have a case of diversion of books donated by foreign humanitarian agencies meant to cater for the educational needs of displaced children in IDP camps and schools in the state,” said the NSCDC boss.
“When the culprits lay their hands on these books, they normally take them to the eastern part of the country where they would change the cover and then bring them back to the state and sell them at exorbitant prices.”
He said the corps was able to intercept and recover cartons of such books with UNICEF inscription on them at the Borno Express transport terminal.