The Lekki Concession Company Limited has handed 18 toll collectors to the police for investigation, these collectors are suspected of defrauding LCC enormous amounts of money.

Mr Mubashiru Hassan, Managing Director, LCC, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, said the affected staffs took benefit of the operational hitches that took place in January to perpetrate some sharp practices at the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza in Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, after the hitches were resolved in June, the Operations Department conducted an audit and found some anomalies in transactions, such as abuse of the transaction unblock key and non-compliance with vehicle handling processing procedures, including receiving money from customers without processing the vehicles and failure to issue customer toll receipts after receiving payments.

According to the statement: “Other offences included sabotage of toll equipment ; non-compliance with controls and operating procedures, including the use of personal phones in booths ; processing of vehicles on the profile of another person ; and recording and accounting for low traffic during peak periods.”

Hassan was quoted as stating that the affected employees were questioned as a result of the discovery and a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate the matter.

He said, “Out of the 56 suspected staff members, six were exonerated and 18 were charged in the first batch and handed over to the police on 11 July 2019 for further investigation, while the remaining 32 are still being questioned internally before decisive action will be taken against them in accordance with the company’s disciplinary policies.

“The management of the LCC will never accept any fraudulent act and will deal decisively with such conduct.”

He described the employees affected as unrepentant as “they did not see what they did as a criminal offence.”

“Instead, they went on social media to malign the management staff’s competence and personality, particularly the managing director and operations department managers, who investigated the fraudulent act and unravelled it,” Hassan said.

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