The European Union, EU has temporarily frozen payments to the World Food Programme, WFP for deliveries of humanitarian aid to Somalia.

A spokesman for the European Commission, Balazs Ujvari, said the move was a precautionary measure to safeguard EU funds.

A United Nations, UN investigation has identified theft of relief intended for vulnerable Somali people, with local officials, members of the security forces and humanitarian workers all involved.

The European Union spent over seven million dollars on WFP operations in Somalia in 2023.

The US agency for international development says it’s not currently planning to suspend food aid to Somalia.