REC Debunks Kwara INEC Coop Fraud Reports

The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba

Attahiru-Madami says he was never compromised on the issue of fraud

that was discovered in INEC Cooperative Society.

The REC gave the clarification in a statement signed by the

Commission’s spokesman, Jacob Ayanda on Wednesday in Ilorin

“The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Kwara

State has been drawn to a one sided story

.

“Upon assumption of duties of the Resident Electoral Commissioner,

Mal. Garuba Attahiru-Madami, a man of honour, integrity and openness decided to examine the records of the cooperative society by setting up a committee headed by an experienced cooperative official.

“The committee did uncover a lot of fraud and he immediately dissolved

the society’s executives,” Ayanda added.

He added that the REC put in place a caretaker committee and then

directed the invitation of the state Ministry of Cooperatives’

officials to do a thorough investigation along with the new caretaker

committee.

“The two committees’ work took quite a while because of the period the

investigation covered.

“Eventually, amount embezzled by individual members of the executive

were ascertained and given a time frame of ending of January 2019 to

pay up by the Management before other steps would be taken,” he said.

According to Ayanda, administrative and disciplinary steps were laid

down in the Commission’s Staff Condition of Service that covered such

issue, adding that those involved started paying back immediately they

were told.

“By May 2019, the extent of refunds was looked at by the Management

and another deadline of September 2019 ending was given after which

further necessary action will be taken.

“For avoidance of doubt, Mal. Garba who hated indiscipline to a fault

couldn’t have covered the fraud he detected by the machinery he put in

place as claimed by the publication, but taking his time to ensure

justice for all,” Ayanda added.

Ayanda however said that no one was contacted; either

the REC or himself; to get the side of the Commission before publishing

the story.