SWITZERLAND, JUNE 13 – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has uncovered 1,000 ‘ghost’ workers on the payroll of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board. (KWSUBEB).
The Head of the Ilorin zonal office of the commission, Isyaku Sharu, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Ilorin on Thursday, said a Permanent Secretary and a director in the services of the Kwara State Government had been arrested and were being detained over the employment scam.
He explained that the discovery of the ‘ghost’ workers prompted the arrest of the two senior government officials, adding that the workers were allegedly smuggled onto the SUBEB payroll.
Sharu added that the anti-graft agency made additional cash recovery of N138m from treasury looters in the state.
He recollected that the zone had earlier handed over loot worth N374m recovered Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on two occasions.
According to him, “The EFCC in the zone has also uncovered the diversion of about N750m from the Light Up Kwara Project in which about N72m was used to purchase a property in the Guzape area of Abuja.
“It also secured the interim forfeiture of a residential building located at No. 17 and 27A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, with a conservative value of N2bn belonging to a top politician, and another residential building located at No. 10 and 11 AbdulKadir Street, GRA, Ilorin, belonging to the same politician, with a conservative value of N1.5bn,” he said.
Other achievements of the zone even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, include the discovery of N159m allegedly diverted by 16 embattled local government chairmen, which were traced to their personal accounts, adding that some of them had started making refunds.
Sharu said the global health challenge posed by the COVID- 19 pandemic should not be seen as an impediment to the fight against corruption.
He, however, said the zone would live up to its responsibilities by discharging its duties with strict adherence to social restriction guidelines as spelt out by the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID- 19. He appealed to the people of the zone to continue to support the EFCC in achieving this goal.