Police arrest ministry staff over theft of textbooks in Cross River

By Benson Ezugwu
Calabar – The Police in Cross River have arrested a staff of Cross River Ministry of Education for allegedly conspiring with others to steal a trailer load of text books worth millions of naira.

Mr Hafiz Inuwa, the State Commissioner of Police, told newsmen in Calabar that the text books belong to the Ministry of Education.

Inuwa said the suspect was arrested on the Ikom-Ogoja highway while heading to Lagos with the items for disposal.

He also said the suspect was arrested along side the truck driver and a Lagos-based businessman.

` `The items included cartons of French, Christian Religious Knowledge, Physical Education, Welding and Technical drawing text books belonging to the state government,’’ Inuwa said.

He said that upon investigation, the police discovered a shady deal between some staff of the Ministry of Education and their accomplices to dispose off the materials without the approval of the state government.

The commissioner added that the suspect had confessed to the crime and would soon be arraigned in court. (NAN)