Niger State Commandant, NSCDC, Haruna Bala Zurmi.

By Uthman Siraja

 Four persons have been arrested by operatives of the Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), for diverting 400 units of mattresses meant for palliative to some flooding communities in Niger State.

 The operatives of the Corps on surveillance received a tip-off on the suspicious movement of the suspects which resulted in trailing their truck and the buyers of the items at a location, thereby leading to his arrest along with the 400 units of the mattresses.

The commandant of the Corps in the state, Alhaji Haruna Bala Zurmi disclosed this at a news briefing in his office, Thursday.

He explained that his men on routine patrol received an intelligence report that mattresses suspected to be palliative from government have been diverted.

He stated that on receipt of the tip-off, his men swung into action by trailing them which resulted to the arrest of the truck loaded with the palliative meant for distribution to flood victims in the state.

 According to him, the operatives of the Corps through monitoring and intelligence gathering mechanism were able to arrest the four suspected dealers at different locations within and outside Minna.

 Those arrested, include Alhaji Suleiman Yusuf, Alhaji Saminu Yusuf, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki and Alhaji Sani Shehu Ahmed.

 He said the suspects admitted to have bought the items from a government official within the state adding that the four suspects will be arraign before a competent court of jurisdiction for prosecution as soon as thorough investigation was concluded.

The command, according to him will not relent in the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure which is part of the core mandate of the Corps stressing the need for members of the public in the state to cooperate with the command to ensure the security of government installations across the state.

 He noted that the successes recorded in the arrest of the suspects was as a result of the information received by his operatives assuring that such information from the public will be treated with absolute confidentiality.

 He commended his men for their effort in bringing the suspects to book warning that his command will continue to make the state unbearable to men of questionable character.