A few members of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and their alleged accomplices have been detained by the Department of State Services on suspicion of stealing medications intended for weaker individuals.
The suspects were suspected of, among other things, selling the analgesics in Lafia’s contemporary market.
Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson, said in a statement on Tuesday that the agency had recovered some of the items following an inquiry.
Afunanya pointed out that such actions were going on in other federation states.
The Department of State Services received reports from certain State Governments regarding the diversion or sale of palliatives intended for their citizens, according to the statement.
“As a result, the Service conducted inquiries in that regard, recovered some of the things, and detained the suspects.
“While this operation is still going on in other states, the Service, for example, has intercepted a suspected criminal organization in Nasarawa State that is in charge of diverting and selling medications intended for the area’s most vulnerable people.
“Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency officials and their accomplices in the marketplaces, particularly Modern Market Lafia, where the commodities were being resold, are among the accused. However, the suspects have been turned over for the proper disciplinary actions.
But he urged local residents to contact security officials if they knew anything about such instances in their communities.