The Nigerian Senate last week launched an investigation into allegations of food aid being stolen and sold by state officials in Borno state, where aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced.

The president has asked the Inspector General of the police to catch some of these alleged thieves, to look out for them and make public examples of them,” Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.