The suspects inflated compensation payments.
Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano state has approved the dismissal of five top civil servants in the state for their alleged involvement in fraudulent activities.
The Commissioner for Land and Physical Planning, Nadu Yahaya, told newsmen that two of the affected officials were directors in his ministry while the remaining three were surveyors from the state’s Urban Renewal Agency.
Mr. Yahaya, who refused to disclose the identity of the affected officers, said their offence was over inflation of compensation entitlements whenever they were assigned to undertake such assignments in the state.
He said it has been the habit of the suspects to inflate compensation since the tenure of the previous administration and as an experienced person in land administration, “I have to verify every submission related to such claims by visiting the site physically to ascertain the authenticity of the claims.”
The commissioner said it was in one of such verification that he discovered gross inflation of compensation at a particular site.
“We found out that where it is N5 million for example they made it N50 million or if it is N6 million they round it up to N60 million.”
According to the commissioner, a panel was set up to investigate them and they were found wanting. They were subsequently reported to the state’s Civil Service Commission which established the case against them before they were finally dismissed to serve as deterrent to others.