The Kano police command has a apprehended a 30-year old businessman, Yusuf Abdullahi for involving in the alleged diversion of COVID-19 palliatives.
The commissioner of police, Kano command, CP Habu Sani, while parading the suspected businessman at the police headquarters in Bompai on Wednesday said the suspect criminally diverted COVID-19 palliatives that has a street value of N4, 111, 800 (four million, one hundred and eleven thousand, eight hundred naira).
He alleged that the diverted noodles were designated for distribution to COVID-19 beneficiaries in Benue state.
The CP said “the noodles that were recovered from the suspect have it boldly written on it ‘not for sale’. The suspect was arrested by our men after we received information about his involvement in the illegal activity.”
CP Habu further said “one thousand nine hundred fifty eight of Dangote branded noodles meant for Benue state palliatives valued four million, one hundred and eleven thousand eight hundred were recovered out of 3, 850 cartons diverted and sold.”
The suspect, Yusuf, in an exclusive interview with Judicial Sketch disclosed that the allegations leveled against him were true. He disclosed that he is a foodstuff dealer at the popular Kano Singer market. He agreed the noodles were found in his possession by the police.
He said “I knew that the noodles were meant for distribution as palliatives. What happened was that some people after receiving the noodles as palliatives, they will bring it to me to exchange for them for other type of food stuffs. They exchanged the noodles for rice, semovita and spaghetti. That was what transpired before someone who bought the noodles from me now went and reported to the police, leading to my arrest.