Friday, 5 February 2016

Federal government orders the probe of 23,306 civil servants,banks

The Federal Government is set to commence a comprehensive probe of no fewer than 23,306 federal civil servants accused of defrauding the government of several millions of Naira every month from a well-orchestrated salary scam.
The government has also indicted interest that bankers and banks allegedly working hand in glove with these civil servants will also be prosecuted.
The preliminary report of an investigative committee, in a branch of one of the banks, showed over 300 accounts said to have been opened in one day and all the accounts have become inactive.
A member of  the investigative panel, said that federal civil servants and the banks, which had allegedly been indicted, had been marked down for thorough investigations and possible sanctions.
It was also learnt that some of the affected officers had started resigning their appointments as a pre-emptive measure to avert humiliation and sanctions at the end of the investigation.
Out of 312,000 civil servants, whose bank accounts had been checked so far in the exercise through the Bank Verification Number platform, the accounts of 23,306 workers had questionable transactions.
The exercise was said to have led to the discovery of a high level of irregularities in salary payment.
“These indicted individuals are in two categories. In the first group, we found out that the names of some civil servants, whose salaries are being processed, are different from the names on the accounts where their salaries are paid into. What this means is either those in this category are drawing salaries from two sources (which could be different parastatals), or they are ‘ghost’ workers,” the source said.

The Punch

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