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Lekki Toll: 18 staff arrested, 32 under investigation over fraudulent acts

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The management of Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the body in charge of fees collection at the toll gates on Lagos Island, have secured the arrest of 18 staff members while about 32 others are still being an investigation for committing various fraudulent offenses.

According to LCC’s managing director, Mr. Mubashiru Hassan, some employees of the organization had pounced on some technical glitches it had in January and diverted huge sums of money into their pockets.

However, when the glitch was completely cleared in June, the company was able to trace back series of irregularities in transactions carried out by over 50 staff members.

Hassan revealed some of the irregularities included non-adherence to vehicle processing procedures, non-issuance of toll receipts to customers after receiving payment, and the receipt of money from customers without processing the vehicles.

Lekki Toll: 18 staff arrested, 32 under investigation over fraudulent acts

He continued, “Other offenses were sabotage of toll equipment; non-adherence to the controls and operating procedures, including the use of personal phones in the booths; processing of vehicles on another person’s profile; and recording and accounting for low traffic numbers during peak periods.”

Hassan explained that the staff members were initially queried by an internal disciplinary committee, but “Out of the 56 suspected staff members, six were exonerated and 18 were indicted in the first batch and handed over to the police on July 11, 2019, for further investigation, while the remaining 32 are still undergoing internal questioning before decisive action will be taken against them in line with the disciplinary policies of the company.

“The LCC management will never tolerate any fraudulent act and will handle such behavior decisively.”

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