Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid

first_imgTwo Nigerian officials in the north-east of the country were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for selling about 300 bags of rice meant for people fleeing severe food shortage and Islamist militant attacks, the Reuters news agency reports.The report further says that the two were ordered to pay 1 million naira ($3,280) each to the northeastern Borno State for diverting the food donated by an international aid group.Court officials said that the rice was donated by the Norwegian Refugee Agency.The pair admitted to the High Court in the Borno state capital Maiduguri having sold rice bags for 8,500 naira each in the town of Mafa, home to a camp for displaced people.Millions of people have been displaced in the region by attacks carried out by Boko Haram.last_img

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