BREAKING NEWS: 5 Civil Servants Arrested For Diverting N230 Million — See...

BREAKING NEWS: 5 Civil Servants Arrested For Diverting N230 Million — See Details


The Accountant-General of Kogi State confirmed on Sunday that five top civil servants had been arrested for diverting N230 million to their private coffers. Finally the saying 99 days for the thief, 1 day for the owner has become a reality. The fraud, as announced by the Chairman of the Staff Screening and Verification Committee, was exposed through the committee’s work.
Mr. Okala announced that the committee has only been able to recover N20 million from the fraudsters through the unrelenting efforts of the police command in the state. However, the Auditor-General, Ahmed Ododo assured that the money will be recovered in full from these criminals.
NAN learnt that the money stolen through pen robbery was part of funds released by the administration of Idris Wada for the payment of pensioners. These fraudsters have no bone of kindness in their body as over 9,000 defenseless retirees in the state are owed between four and five months pension arrears as a result of the alleged diversion and the lack of funds by the government.
Mr. Ododo explained that the suspects would be made to face the law. He also applauded the government for setting up the committee to conduct the verification in the interest of the state. He said coupled with the task of identifying ghost workers and pensioners, the committee was working to plug loopholes through which public funds were being stolen.
Mr. Ododo assured that all genuine workers and pensioners would soon be cleared for the payment of salaries and pensions.
“The screening of workers and pensioners is going to be a continuous exercise.
“No authentic staff or pensioner will have any cause to fear. Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration in the state has high regard for both workers and pensioners.
“The on-going verification is not aimed at victimizing anybody but an effort targeted at saving money for the state to take adequate care of its responsibilities,” Mr. Ododo said.