EFCC nabs 4 INEC officials over alleged diversion of N84.7m

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged diversion of N84.7m meant for ad Hoc staff allowances.

The Spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed via a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Sokoto.

Uwujaren said the arrest was made as a result of a petition by one Abdullahi Nasiru who wrote on behalf of all presiding officers that worked for INEC during the 2019 General elections in Zamfara State.

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He said: “This, alleging that the Adhoc staff was denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections. They further alleged that what the Commission paid to them was different from what other states paid their Adhoc staff” he explained.

“The Commission allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9,000 in Zamfara while other states like Sokoto State, the commission paid N12,000. However, an investigation by the EFCC revealed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements commutatively put at N84,696,000.”

The Spokemans further said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

The suspects are: Hassan Aliyu, Administrative Secretary, Hussain Jafar, Head of Operations, Abdullahi Abubakar, Accountant, and Abdulmumin Usman all officials of INEC in Zamfara state.

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