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EFCC Uncovers 1000 Ghost Workers In Kwara, Detains Perm Sec, Director



By Steve Oni, Ilorin

A permanent secretary and a director in the service of Kwara state government have been arrested and detained by the Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged employment scam at the state universal basic education board (SUUBEB).

The discovery of 1,000 ghost workers on the payroll of SUBEB by the anti-graft agency prompted the arrest of the two senior government officials.

The Head of Ilorin zonal office of EFCC, Isyaku Sharu, disclosed this at a media briefing on Thursday in Ilorin, the state capital.

“The zone has uncovered about 1000 ghost workers smuggled into the pay roll of Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),” Sharu stated.

Sharu also disclosed that the zone has made additional cash recovery of N138 million from alleged treasury looters in Kwara state.

The anti- graft agency had earlier handed over N374 million recovered loot to the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on two occasions.

Other achievements of the zone amidst COVID-19, according to Sharu, include the uncovering of N159 million allegedly diverted by the embattled 16 local government chairmen, “with traces in their personal accounts in which some of them have started making refunds”.

” The zone has also uncovered alleged diversion of about. N750 million from the Light Up Kwara Project in which about N72 million was used in purchasing a property in Guzape area of Abuja.

“Interim forfeiture of a residential building located at No. 17 and 27a McDonald, Ikoyi, Lagos belonging to a top politician with a conservative value of N2bn.

” Interim forfeiture of a residential building located at No. 10 and 11 AbdulKadir street, GRA, Ilorin belonging to the same politician with a conservative value of N1.5 billion,” he added.