5 top Kogi officials arrested for allegedly diverting N230 million pension fund

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello
Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

Five top civil servants in Kogi have been arrested for allegedly diverting N230 million pension fund to their private uses.

The Accountant-General of the state, Yusuf Okala, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Sunday.

Mr. Okala, who is also the Chairman of the Staff Screening and Verification Committee, said the alleged fraud was discovered in the course of the committee’s work.

“Yes, it is true. We have been able to recover N20 million from them through the efforts of the police command in the state,” Mr. Okala said.

Also, the state Auditor-General, Ahmed Ododo, said the money would be recovered in full from the suspects.

NAN learnt that the money was part of funds released by the administration of Idris Wada for the payment of pensioners.

Over 9,000 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 commended the state government for setting up the committee for conducting the verification in the interest of the state.

He said that apart from identifying ghost workers and pensioners, the committee was working to plug loopholes through which public funds were being stolen.

Mr. Ododo promised 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 victimising anybody but an effort targeted at saving money for the state to take adequate care of its responsibilities,” Mr. Ododo said.

(NAN)

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  • kinsly

    Just jail them all! But only after seizing all ‘dem’ properties!

  • Tunji Olarewaju

    Five people diverting the pensions of 9000?What a wicked, wicked world we live in!

  • yahayaomaye

    Who are these wicked souls? Please name them.

  • Man_Enough

    Now those who have been enjoying opulence with this kind of illegal riches, having been stopped, will claim that there is no money during apc’s government.

  • bala

    These people should be tried by a special court and sentenced to 50years jail with hard labour. Our courts are so notorious with adjournments and all sorts of corrupt legal manouvers.

    • Action Group

      Not only the courts, the senior members of the bar are also culpable in truncation and delay of justice in the criminal justice system this is in spite of the new administration of criminal justice Act (ACJA).