The 3rd of October, 2019 was a busy day for the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as they arrested four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Zamfara office for alleged breach of trust and criminal diversion of ad hoc staff allowance of about N84,696,000. The EFCC made this known on their official websitte.
A Mr. Abdullahi Nasiru wrote a petition to the EFCC over the code of conduct of the INEC staff that worked during the 2019 Governorship and Presidential Elections. The petitioner alleged that the ad hoc staff were each denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowance for the two elections and that they were paid a lesser amount in Zamfara than other states.
INEC allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9,000 in Zamfara, while INEC in other states such as Sokoto paid N12,000. This led to the arrests of Administrative Secretary, Hassan Sidi Aliyu; Head of Operations, Hussain Jafar; State Accountant; Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar; and Abdulmumin Usman.
The EFCC PR had this to say “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 (eighty four million, six hundred and ninety six thousand Naira).”
“Efforts are being made by EFCC to recover the money criminally diverted by the three INEC heads of department and Electoral Officers of the 14 local governments in Zamfara State, namely, Abdullahi Sambawa, Zurmi LGA; Aliyu Jafaru Goronyo, Maradun LGA; Balarabe Ahmed S Gobir, Gummi LGA; Amadu Ibrahim, Gusau LGA; Mohammed Bashir Musa, Kaura Namoda LGA; Dalhatu Usman Musa,Birnin Magaji LGA; Abdulmumin Usman, Maru LGA.”
“Others are, Muhammad Nasir Saidu,Talatu Mafara LGA; Abdullahi A. Ukashatu, Tsafe LGA; Tukur Garba Kaita, Bungudu LGA; Salihu Musa Abdullahi, Bukuyun LGA; Sadiq Abdullahi, Fari Anka LGA; Lawali Muhammed, Argungu Bakura LGA; Jafaru Gide, Shinkafi LGA; Tanimu Muhammad, Shinkafi LGA; Hassan Abdullahi,Shinkafi LGA.”
“The suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed,”.