The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the arrest of four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State over an alleged fraud of N84, 696, 000.00.
Specifically, the EFCC alleged that the officials – Hassan Sidi Aliyu, (Administrative Secretary), Hussain Jafar (Head of Operations), Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar (State Accountant), and Abdulmumin Usman – diverted allowance meant for Ad Hoc staff of the Commission.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the quartet was arrested by operatives of the Sokoto zonal office.
It reads: “The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested 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, for an alleged case of conspiracy, breach of trust and criminal diversion of Ad Hoc staff allowance to the tune of N84, 696,000 (Eighty Four Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand Naira).
“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, alleges that the Ad hoc staff were denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections.
“He further alleged that what the Commission paid to them was different from what other states paid their Ad hoc staff. The Commision allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9000 (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).
The suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.”