The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has arrested officials of the Sokoto state government for diverting salaries.
Abubakar Maigishiri, a serving Counselor in Tureta local government area of Sokoto State and the Director of Works and Housing of the council, Tukur Yabo was nabbed by the anti-graft agency for allegedly diverting salary of some employees of the state-owned security outfits, Neighbourhood Initiative and Sokoto Marshall.
A cashier in the Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development, Danjuma Ibrahim and another staff of the Ministry, Sambo Abdullahi were also arrested alongside Maigishiri.
The Zonal Head of the agency, in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Abdullahi Lawal, said while parading the suspects that complaint from an employee of Neighbourhood Initiative that their three-month salaries were not paid had prompted their investigation.
“In the course of our investigation, we discovered that the Director conspired with the Counselor and two others from the Ministry of Social Welfare and shared among themselves N490,000 which was a two months salaries of 15 neighbourhood employees, he said.
“All the suspects were, however, arrested and confessed to the offence,” he added.
According to him, te sum of N300,000 had been recovered so far.