SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 03 – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sokoto Zonal Office, has arrested four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for alleged diverting over N84.6 million which was marked out for ad Hoc staff allowances.
This information was made known to the public on Wednesday through a statement by EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, made available to the commission’s Sokoto Zonal Office.
The petition that led to the arrest It was from one Abdullahi Nasiru who wrote on behalf of all presiding officers that worked for INEC during the 2019 General elections in Zamfara State.
It was gathered that the Adhoc staff were not paid their N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections.
It was also discovered that what the Commission paid to the Adhoc staff was different from what other states paid their Adhoc staff. The Commision allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9,000 in Zamfara while other states like Sokoto State, the commission paid N12,000.
When investigation was carried out by the EFCC, it was discovered that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements grossly amounting to N84,696,000,
Those arrested were Hassan Aliyu, Administrative Secretary, Hussain Jafar, Head of Operations, Abdullahi Abubakar, Accountant and Abdulmumin Usman all officials of INEC in Zamfara state.
Uwujaren said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.