According to the Department of State Services (DSS), palliatives diversion allegations led to the arrest of several Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) personnel and their collaborators.
This was said in a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja by Peter Afunanya, the DSS’s public relations officer.
According to Afunanya, the organization had received complaints about the diversion and selling of palliatives intended for its users from various states.
“As a result, the Service conducted inquiries in that regard, recovered some of the things, and detained the suspects.
While other states are still participating in this operation, the service, for example, intercepted a suspected criminal organization in Nasarawa State that was in charge of stealing and selling the painkillers.
Officials of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) and their henchmen in the marketplaces, particularly Modern Market Lafia, where the commodities were being resold, are among the suspects, he claimed.
The suspects have been given over, according to the DSS spokeswoman, for the proper disciplinary actions.
He advised members of the public to contact the appropriate security services with any information on the diversion of palliatives so that appropriate action might be taken.