GOMBE — Seven employees of Kwami and Billiri Local Government Primary Healthcare Departments in Gombe State have diverted 5,450 Insecticides Treated Nets (ITNs) meant for free distribution in their communities.
The free distribution of the nets as part of the state government effort with support from Global Fund, the Catholic Relief Services, and the National Malaria Elimination Programme to fight malaria disease in the state.
Dr. Habu Dahiru, Commissioner for Health in Gombe State while briefing newsmen in Gombe said the suspects were arrested on September 10.
“The ITNs were meant to reduce the burden of malaria in the state, especially amongst the most vulnerable groups, women and children.”
“The arrest of the suspects was made possible by personnel charged with the responsibility of keeping an eye on the process to ensure that the nets do not slip into wrong hands.”
“They were tipped by an informant that the nets were loaded in a truck in one of the markets in Gombe with the intent of diverting them.”
Dahiru said the nets would be distributed to the targeted persons in the Kwami and Billiri local government areas, but were “unpatriotically and criminally diverted for personal aggrandizement by these persons.
The commissioner said 100 bales of the nets were recovered from Kwami while nine bales were recovered from Billiri.
He expressed appreciation of the efforts of the police, the Department of State Security, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and members of the public for making the arrest and recovery possible.
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