The Sokoto Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) carried out an operation at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Zamfara State leading to the recovery of N65, 548, 000 (Sixty five Million, Five Hundred and Forty-eight Thousand Naira).
The money was recovered from two fire proof safe during a search in the offices of the head of Accounts and Cashier of INEC in the state.
The operation was sequel to a petition by an adhoc staff of the electoral body, alleging that officials of the Commission illegally deducted part of the allowance due them for the last general election. According to the complainant, while INEC in Zamfara allegedly paid its adhoc staff the sum of N9,000, others in states like Sokoto were paid N12,000.
The recovered fund is suspected be part of the funds illegally deducted from releases meant to cater for the movement of materials and electoral officials as well as provision of chairs, tables and canopies for the 2019 governorship and presidential elections in the state