The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, October 9, recovered the sum of 65.5 million Naira cash from the office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Gusau, Zamfara state.
Okay.ng understands that operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed the electoral office during its investigation over alleged non-payment of ad-hoc staff who conducted the 2019 general election.
The EFCC arrived at the office around 12 noon with armed men and ransacked the facility for close to two hours.
In a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC provided details on the raid after the huge recovery:
The statement reads: “Operatives of Sokoto zonal office today recovered money to the tune of N65,548,000 only. The money which comprises 81 bundle of N1000 notes, 97 bundle of N500 notes, and 96 pieces of N500 notes.
“The monies were stacked in two fireproof safes during a search conducted in offices of the HOD Accounts and Cashier of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Zamfara state.
“The money is suspected to be 40% illegally deducted on funds released to INEC Zamfara office to cater for the rent of Canopies, Tables, and Chairs and also funds for RAC (Registration Area Center) and movement of men and materials to Polling Units, by the HOD Accounts & Cashier.
“The raid followed a petition by one of the INEC ad-hoc staff during the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Zamfara State. The staff alleged that the Adhoc INEC officials were denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowances each for the two elections.
“The suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.”