By Oluwatosin Maliki
The Department of State Services (DSS), on Tuesday, announced the arrest of suspected criminals in Nasarawa State responsible for the diversion and sale of the palliatives meant to alleviate the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.
Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, in a statement on X (formerly Twitter), said it’s officials swooped into action shortly after receiving reports from State governments relating to the diversion and sale of palliatives meant for the citizens.
“Consequently, the Service undertook investigations in that regard and has recovered some of the items as well as apprehended the suspects.”
“Among those suspects are officials of Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) and their accomplices in the markets, notably Modern Market Lafia, where the items were being resold,” DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said in a statement.
The secret police said the suspects have been handed over for appropriate disciplinary measures.
Recall, on May 29, 2023, the Federal Government released billions of naira to State government for palliatives to cushion the removal of fuel subsidy.
“The Service, therefore, calls on members of the public who may have information relating to this emerging trend to report same to the relevant security agencies for necessary action,” the statement added.