Six months after General Election, Four INEC staff arrested for diverting N84.6 million meant for Adhoc staff

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.