By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who stormed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Zamfara State office earlier Wednesday have recovered four bags containing monies believed to be part of the N84.6 million ad hoc staff allowances diverted by officials of the commission.
The EFCC operatives who arrived the INEC Gusau office around 11.20 am left the premises at 1.40 pm carrying the four Ghana must go bags containing the cash in the white colored Toyota Hiace bus.
According to a some source, the four Ghana must go bags were recovered from the Accountant’s office.
The source added that some documents were also recovered from the accountant’s office.
He said the INEC officials suspected who arrested arrested by the EFCC were brought by the operatives who conducted the search and after the search they were taken back by the EFCC along with the monies and documents recovered.
However, mixed reaction trailed the visit of the EFCC operatives while some are sympathetic with the suspected officials involved in the fraud saying they might have being roped in the scam, others believed that must of those suspected are known for their greed and therefore serves them right.
It will be recalled that the action of the EFCC to arrest about four INEC officials and subsequent storming the INEC office today was due to a petition by one Abdullahi Nasiru who wrote on behalf of all presiding officers that worked for
INEC during the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State.
The petition alleged that the Adhoc staff were denied payment of their
N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections.
Nasir in the petition alleged that what the INEC officials in Zamfara paid them was far low than what other ad hoc staff who worked in other States received.
“INEC in Zamfara paid the ad hoc staff the sum of N9,000 while other states like Sokoto State, the commission paid N12,000”, he said.