The Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has today uncovered additional 400 ‘ghost workers’ in the Kwara State Civil Service worth as much as ₦31m, involving the Chairman of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Kwara State chapter, Salihu Idris Toyin; the Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Bayo Audu Onimago; the Director of Finance, SUBEB, Ahmed Husain; Coordinator, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kwara State chapter, Tijani Idris; and Controller of Finance, SUBEB, Omole John.
The sum of ₦31,000,000 (thirty-one million Naira only) meant as salaries for phantom 400 civil servants, was allegedly shared by the Chairman of NUT, and the others mentioned above.
The NUT chairman, Mr Toyin, admitted to the crime, confessing 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 ₦3million for free and we shared it among ourselves. We also received another ₦19million. I withdrew ₦4million from it, I used ₦1.5million for clearing and interlocking of our quarters, the remaining ₦2.5million is still with me.”
However, when asked to produce the receipts for the interlocking and ‘clearing’ of the Quarters as claimed by Toyin, he confessed that the transactions were not receipted.
The EFCC says that the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations are concluded.
Recall that Switch Nigeria had last week reported that 1000 ghost workers were uncovered in Kwara State. Click here to read our story on it.