5 local government staff arrested over N21.5m pension scam in Bauchi

5 local government staff arrested over N21.5m pension scam in Bauchi

- The Bauchi state police command have arrested five suspects over N21.5m pension scam

- The suspects are employees of the Local Government Pension Board in Bauchi state

- Ahmed Wakil, the police command spokesman confirmed the arrests in a statement on Saturday, September 19

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Five employees of the Local Government Pension Board in Bauchi have been arrested by the state police command over an N21.5 million pension scam in the state.

The police spokesman, Ahmed Wakil, who disclosed via a statement issued on Saturday, September 19, noted that the suspects were apprehended for alleged criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, misappropriation, forgery, and fraud amounting to N21,580,000.

Wakil said the suspects' arrest was followed by a letter of complaint from Governor Bala Mohammed, through his principal private secretary to the state commissioner of police.

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The staff of the Local Government Pension Board arrested includes the auditor, computer operator, and three other workers.

5 local government staff arrested over N21.5m pension scam in Bauchi
5 local government pension bard staff arrested over N21.5m scam. Photo credit: Council of Foreign Relations
Source: UGC

According to Wakil, the suspects confessed to inserting seven illegal names of pensioners fraudulently as Mohammed Namamu aka Muhammadun Faiza, and Abubakar Muazu.

It was gathered that the local government staff siphoned various sums of money for a period ranging from six to 36 months.

The spokesman went on to add that efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing suspects in connection with the pension scam.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that an oil magnate and businessman, Aliyu Abubakar and six others appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, September 8, over allegation of fraud.

The suspects were re-arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice I.E. Ekwo on 67 amended charges, bordering on money laundering to the tune of $875,740,000.

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Abubakar was last July arraigned on a 48 count criminal charge bordering on money laundering, fraud, and failure to disclose huge financial transactions in line with the nation’s financial laws.

The head, media, and publicity of EFCC, Dele Oyewale, in a statement said the other six defendants are: Group Construction Company Limited; Rocky Top Resources Limited; Megatech Engineering Limited; Novel Properties and Development Company Limited, Imperial Union Limited and Carlin International Nigeria Limited.

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In a related development, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command on Thursday, September 10, arrested a passenger on his way to Dubai with 2,886 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.

According to Abdulmumin Bako, the deputy controller of the NCS in charge of the MMIA, the suspect, one Ishaq Abubakar, was also in possession of four Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.

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