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Why we raided INEC Zamfara office – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) talked about the raid on Zamfara’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office and the discovery of four Ghanaian mandatory stock exchanges full of money.

The EFCC raided Wednesday and took four “Ghana-must-go” suitcases containing money for an amount of N65.548.000 at the INEC office in Gusau in the continuation of its investigations into the alleged non-payment of ad hoc staff that has conducted the general elections of 2019.

Speaking of development, the EFCC in a series of publications on its official Twitter page said that the raid took place after a request by one of the INEC ad hoc staff members during the 2019 presidential and government elections in the state of Zamfara.

The EFCC said the staff claimed that INEC Adhoc officials were denied payment of their N6,000 movement fees each for the two elections.

The anti-graft agency added that the suspects responsible will be charged and arraigned in court soon, adding that 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.”

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The post read: “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 fire proof 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.”