EFCC arraigns 5 Sokoto govt officials over alleged N554m pension fraud

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EFCC arraigns 5 Sokoto govt officials over alleged N554m pension fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday secured the arraignment of five Sokoto State Primary Education Staff Pension Board officials.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Muhammad of the State High Court.

They are facing a 27-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy, forgery, criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of N553, 985,624.

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The defendants are: the Director of Finance and Supply, Hassana Moyi; Secretary, Abubakar Aliyu; Deputy Director, Halliru Ahmed; Accountant, Kabiru Ahmed and Dahiru Muhammad Isa, Cashier.

In 2019, the EFCC received petitions from several primary school pensioners complaining they had yet to receive their gratuities since retirement.

EFCC said the officials committed Criminal Breach of Trust contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code Law CAP 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria and punishable under Section 312 of the same law.

The defendants pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charges were read.

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