• Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023

    A CALL OF ACTION: DSS Nabs Officials Of NASEMA, Others Over Palliative Diversions

    The Department of State Services apprehended some suspects involved in diversion of palliatives, the Service Public Relations Officer, Dr. Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, made this known in a statement released on the 5th September 2023.

    “The Department of State Services (DSS) has received reports from some State Governments relating to diversion or sale of palliatives meant for their citizens,” Peter stated.

    The DSS did not take these allegations lightly. They launched investigations into these distressing claims. Their mission was to uncover the truth and ensure that justice prevailed.

    “Consequently, the Service undertook investigations in that regard and has recovered some of the items as well as apprehended the suspects,” the statement revealed, emphasizing their commitment to getting to the bottom of this situation.

    Nasarawa State being the focal point. The DSS had zeroed in on a suspected criminal syndicate operating within its borders, orchestrating the diversion and sale of the precious palliatives.

    “While this operation is ongoing in other states,” the press release stated, “the Service has, for instance, intercepted a suspected criminal syndicate in Nasarawa State responsible for the diversion and sale of the palliatives meant for the vulnerable in the place.”

    The shock didn’t stop there. Among those implicated in this heartbreaking betrayal were officials of Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA). They had been entrusted with the well-being of their fellow citizens but had allegedly turned their backs on them.

    “Notably, Modern Market Lafia, where the items were being resold,” the release continued, shining a light on the grim reality of the situation. Those who were supposed to protect the vulnerable were allegedly complicit in exploiting their suffering.

    The consequences were clear. “The suspects have, however, been handed over for appropriate disciplinary measures,” the DSS assured the public. Justice would be served.

    But the DSS had one more message to deliver, a call to action: “The Service, therefore, calls on members of the public who may have information relating to this emerging trend to report the same to the relevant security agencies for necessary action.”

    The story of the palliative diversion served as a stark reminder that even in the most challenging times, there were those who would exploit the vulnerable. Yet, it also showcased the dedication of law enforcement to uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice.

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