Posted on Thu 2 Nov 2017, 10:47 AM

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun has commended the team running the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit for detecting pay roll fraud by  nine civil servants suspected to be involved in siphoning public funds by inserting fake workers in the payroll of Federal Ministries.

The 9 suspects were on Wednesday, arraigned at an Abuja High Court for prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly conspiring and inserting fake workers in the payrolls of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.  

The suspects charged are; Usman Aliyu Dayo, Osunlope Opeyemi, Johnson Adedokun, Ojeifo Robert Sylvanus, Oyebade Ebenezer Ayodeji and Florence Olaolu Dada. Others were Olaolu Haruna Dada, Blessing Ejeh and Aderibigbe Isaac Taiwo. 

They all pleaded not guilty when the 15-count charge was read to them and their Counsels applied for bail on their behalf.

The charge sheet filed by the EFCC indicated that the alleged fraud was committed at various times between 2011 and 2015.

The Minister described their arraignment as "a welcome development that has given further credibility to the war against corruption by the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari." 

The suspects were alleged to have connived and added ghost workers on the payrolls of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and siphoned N338,577,678.78 in the name of the non-existent workers.

 

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