Six months after the General election, four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Zamfara State have been arrested for alleged conspiracy, breach of trust and criminal diversion of ad hoc staff allowance totalling N84.6 million.
The were apprehended by thee Sokoto zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission .
The affected staff of INEC include the Administrative Secretary, Hassan Aliyu, Head of Operations, Hussain Jafar, State Accountant, Abdullahi Abubakar and Abdulmumin Usman
The were arrested following a petition by one Abdullahi Nasiru, who alleged that the ad hoc staff who worked for INEC during the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Zamfara State, were not paid their N6,000 movement allowance.
Nasiru alleged that what INEC paid to them was different from what other states gave to their ad hoc workers.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson’ Uwujaren, said Investigation revealed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements put at N84, 696,000.
The anti-graft agency said efforts were being made to recover the money diverted by the three INEC heads of department and Electoral Officers of the 14 local governments in Zamfara.