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EFCC grills 4 INEC officials over alleged illegal diversion of N84m

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The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has arrested four officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state for an alleged breach of trust and criminal diversion of Ad Hoc staff allowance to the tune of N84, 696,000.

The arrested suspects were: Hassan Sidi Aliyu Administrative Secretary, Hussain Jafar Head of Operations, Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar State Accountant and Abdulmumin Usman all of the Independent National a Electoral Commission, (INEC) in Zamfara state.

The petitioner, one Abdullahi Nasiru, who wrote on behalf of all presiding officers that worked for INEC during the 2019 Presidential and Gubernatorial elections in Zamfara State, alleged that the Adhoc staff were denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections.

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He further alleged that what the Commission paid to them was different from what other states paid their Adhoc staff.

The Commission allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9,000 (Nine Thousand Naira) in Zamfara while other states like Sokoto State, the commission paid N12,000 (Twelve Thousand Naira ).

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 (Eighty Four Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand Naira).

Effort is being made by the Commission to recover the money criminally diverted by the 3 INEC heads of department and Electoral Officers of the 14 Local governments in Zamfara State.

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The suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.

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