How ghost pensioners pocketed N12bn in 3 years – EFCC

ABUJA — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, how N12 billion was paid to ghost pensioners between 2008 and 2010. The anti-graft agency, through a proof of evidence it entered before the high court, yesterday, maintained that the alleged scam was masterminded by a former Director of the Pensions Department in Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, OHCSF, Dr Sani Teidi Shuaibu, and four others.

According to the EFCC, the four other persons in the alleged fraud were a former Deputy Director, Pensions Finance and Account at the Office of the Head of Service, who it said was a signatory to pension accounts; Mrs Phina Ukamaka Chidi, an ex-Assistant Director in-charge of variation; Mr Mohammed Katun Ahmed, the cash officer of pensions accounts; Mr Garba Abdullahi Tahir and the Head Final Accounts at the OHCSF, Mr. Emmanuel Aderemi Olanipekun.

Besides identifying multiple bank accounts operated by each of the accused persons, the EFCC equally listed the names of 25 companies it said were used to defraud the Federal Government within three years.


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