EFCC Recovers over N325m from Politicians, Individuals in Northeast
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the weekend said it has recovered N325, 181, 919.00 million from politicians and individuals and secured five convictions in its operations across the states under the Northeast zone operation.
Aminu Ado Aminu, EFCC Head of Operations, made this known in Gombe while recounting the successes from January 2016 to date within the zone which comprises Adamawa, Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba and Gombe, which is the headquarters of the zone.
He said the recovery among others included the sum of N183, 590,000.00 million, which was recovered from politicians within the zone as part of funds illegally sourced and used in prosecuting the 2015 general elections.
Aminu further explained that: “In line with the above, a total of 130 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff draw from Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba states have been interrogated and will soon be charged to court for corruption involving the sum of N73, 000,000.00 million bribe during the 2015 polls.
“A breakdown shows that Gombe state has 26 staff involved, Adamawa has 86, and Taraba 18, respectively. We also have recovered the sum mentioned above from the INEC.”
He said one Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, former Chairman of Hong in Adamawa state was also made to make N36 million restitution and was equally given a 70-year jail term for his crimes.
The EFCC Head of Operations in the Northeast Zone said the Commission, during the just concluded verification exercise smashed employment scam and certificates forgery syndicates and recovered the sum of N13 million from them.
He said 16 suspects had been arrested in connection with the crime and would soon be charged to court, explaining that members of the syndicate collected between N120, 000.00 and N150, 000.00 from the victims and posted them to their choice Ministries.
The secret, according to him was revealed when 102 people emerged for verification with fake letters of appointments across the entire eleven local government areas in Gombe sate.
The anti-graft officer said the Commission had received complaints of diversion of relief materials meant for internally displaced persons in some parts of the Northeast sub-region from the President of Children’s Parliament and promised to ensure that culprits were brought to book.
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