The Guardian (Nigeria)

Group tasks EFCC, minister to probe alleged graft in lottery commission

- By Joseph Onyekwere

GLOBAL Integrity Crusade Network ( GICN) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and the Minister of Special Duties & Intergover­nmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, not to shield any employee of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission ( NLRC) from investigat­ion and prosecutio­n over allegation­s of corruption.

Staff members of the agency had embarked on a nationwide strike last month, accusing the director- general of acting arbitraril­y.

The Secretary, Associatio­n of Civil Servants of Nigeria, NLRC unit, Mrs Anastesia Ijobo, had also urged the EFCC to probe certain suspicious transactio­ns authorised by the commission’s management amounting to over N2billion.

The EFCC had invited some staff of the commission for interrogat­ion, but no charges have been filed.

The non- government­al organisati­on, in a statement by its director in- charge of Welfare and Logistics, Mr. Akumabi Ojogbane, said no action has been taken on its June 6, 2020 petition addressed to Senator Akume, EFCC and other relevant bodies.

It had alleged in the petition, among others that over N1billion was spent from the commission’s internally generated revenue without appropriat­ion ( as against N75 million appropriat­ed as administra­tive expenses) in 2019.

“In 2020, over N1billion was spent from the commission’s internally- generated revenue without appropriat­ion,” the group had claimed.

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