The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Sokoto zonal office has arraigned five management staff of the state Primary Staff Pension Board for allegedly diverting more then five hundred and fifty three millions naira

The Zonal Head of the EFCC In Sokoto Usman Bawa Kaltingo stated this to newsmen in the state.

Mr Usman Bawa said the money was meant for the payment of retired teachers gratuities and pension.

He said the suspects include, Abubakar Aliyu, Hassana Moyi, Haliru Ahmad, Kabiru Ahmad and Dahiru Muhammad Isa who were Secretary, Director of Finance and Supply, deputy Director Finance and Supply, Accountant and Cashier of the board respectively.

The Zonal Head said the staff were arraigned before the Sokoto High Court on 28 count-charges bordering on forgery, criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of funds.

Mr Usman Bawa Kaltungo explained that the staff used forged vouchers, withdrew and shared monies meant for the payment of pension and gratuities of primary school teachers in the state.

He said said they acted on a petition brought to them by one of the affected pensioners, between January,17, 2017 and March, 2020, the Director of Finance withdrew the sum of eighty three point two million naira from their account.