EFCC arrests federal pay officer for diversion of N1.8m


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested the federal pay officer (FPO) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, for alleged diversion of N1.8 million.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, identified the suspect as Mr. John Shiftanure.

Uwujaren said Shiftanure was picked up on Tuesday at the Federal Pay Office in Uyo after its operatives “stormed” the place.

He accused the suspect of abuse of office and failure to remit the N1.8 million to the Akwa Ibom Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS).

“Preliminary investigation revealed entries in the agency’s cashbook which showed evidence of payments made to the federal pay office.

“But the payments were not reflected in the banks reconciliation statement because they were not remitted to the appropriate bodies and banks/sub-treasury by the federal pay officer, as stipulated in the financial regulations.

“Others also being interrogated for their alleged involvement in the diversion of the said sum include the deputy pay officer, Mrs. Obot Lucy, and the cashier, Mrs. Ekanem Imabong.”

Uwujaren said the case would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.





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