EFCC arrests Federal Pay Officer in Uyo

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), stormed into the Federal Pay Office in Uyo, and arrested a Federal Pay Officer, identified as Mr. Shiftanure E. John, for abuse of office and failure to remit N1.8 million to the Board of Internal Revenue Service, (BIRS) in Akwa Ibom state.

    It was learnt that preliminary investigation revealed that entries in the agency’s cashbook showed evidence of payments made to the Federal Pay Office, but 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.

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    It was however gathered that few other staffers also being interrogated include the Deputy Pay Officer, Mrs. Obot A. Lucy, and the Cashier, Mrs. Ekanem Imabong, for their alleged involvement in the diversion of the said money.

    Wilson Uwujaren, Media and Public Affairs officer of the agency said the case will be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.