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INEC officials arrested by EFCC for diverting N84.6 million ad hoc staff allowance

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TheCable has reported the arrest of four INEC officials by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting N84.6 million ad hoc staff allowance.

The arrest was made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a petition written by Abdullahi Nasiru, who alleged that the 10,500 ad hoc staff who worked for INEC during the 2019 presidential and Gubernatorial Elections were not paid their N6,000 movement allowance.

The suspects arrested include Hassan Aliyu, administrative secretary; Hussain Jafar, head of operations; Abdullahi Abubakar, state accountant; and Abdulmumin Usman and one other.

Nasir also alleged that what INEC paid to them was different from what other states gave to their ad hoc workers.

In a statement on Tuesday, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said: “The INEC allegedly paid its staff in Zamfara N9,000 while in other states like Sokoto, the commission paid N12, 000.

“Investigation by the EFCC revealed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements put at N84, 696,000.”

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The anti-graft agency said efforts were being made to recover the money allegedly diverted by the three INEC heads of department and electoral officers of the 14 local governments in Zamfara.

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