The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in Zamfara State, over allegations of diverting staff salaries.
The arrested INEC officials are Hassan Sidi Aliyu, Administrative Secretary; Hussain Jafar, Head of Operations; Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar, State Accountant; and Abdulmumin Usman.
According to the EFCC, they were arrested over an alleged case of conspiracy, breach of trust and criminal diversion of Ad Hoc staff allowance to the tune of N84.7 million.
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Abdullahi Nasiru, who petitioned the anti-graft agency on behalf of all the presiding officers that worked for INEC during the 2019 Presidential and Gubernatorial elections in Zamfara State, alleged that the ad-hoc staff were denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections.
Nasiru also alleged that what the Commission paid to them was different from what other states paid their Adhoc staff.
The commision was said to have paid its staff N9,000 in Zamfara, while other state Zonal offices, including Sokoto, paid N12,000.
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An investigation conducted by the EFCC revealed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers, who participated in the elections in the state, were paid their full entitlements, in which each person was meant to get N84, 696,000.
Wilson Uwujaren, the commission’s spokesperson, said efforts are ongoing, to recover the money diverted by the three INEC heads of department and Electoral Officers of the 14 Local Governments in Zamfara State.
He noted that the suspects would be charged to court, as soon as investigation is completed.