Who wants to eat fruits when money is desperately needed?

That seemed to be what was going through the minds of some people that facilitated the sale of date fruits sent to Nigeria by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as Ramadan gifts.

Saudi Arabia had sent 200 tonnes of dates as Ramadan gift for victims of Boko Haram insurgency but were found on sale in the markets in Borno.

Dates are traditionally the first things Muslims eat when they break the Ramadan fast each evening.

But an apology has officially been issued.

Nigeria's foreign ministry said an investigation was underway.

However, no arrests have yet been made.

The foreign ministry said that Nigeria's Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons had drawn up a list of places where the dates would be distributed, which included IDP camps and some prominent mosques.

The dates were however found on sale in markets in Borno state, which has been hardest hit by the Boko Haram conflict.

After eight years of unrest, some 8.5 million people need life-saving aid in north-eastern Nigeria, aid officials say.