“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, June 19, 2020 uncovered 400 fresh ghost workers in Kwara state”.– EFCC Statement
The EFCC, Nigeria’s body on financial crimes announced that huge amounts of money recorded for the funding of non-existent workers was instead being diverted for private means.
At the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission, N31,000,000 (Thirty One Million Naira ), meant for the payment of salaries of the ghost workers, was allegedly shared by the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Kwara State, Salihu Idris Toyin and the Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Bayo Audu Onimago, among others.
Other beneficiaries of the money according to EFCC’s statement include, Director of Finance, SUBEB, Ahmed Husain, Coordinator, NUJ, Kwara State, Tijani Idris and Controller of Finance, SUBEB, Omole John.
The Body disclosed a confessional account of how the money was shared: EFCC said Chairman Toyin confessed that “A sum of N12million was paid into an account operated by me and others, the money was actually not supposed to come but when the cash hit the account, I withdrew it and gave it to SUBEB Officials, they gave us N3million for free and we shared it among ourselves.”
“We also received another N19million. I withdrew N4million from it, I used N1.5million for clearing and interlocking of our quarters, the remaining N2.5million is still with me”, the Chairman of Kwara state’s NUT branch further disclosed.
Toyin also said that the money he used for the clearing and interlocking of the quarters was not receipted.
Recall that the EFCC, last week announced the uncovering of about 1000 ghost workers allegedly smuggled into the payroll of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board.
“All the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded”– EFCC.