Massive fraud in Nigeria as 1000 ghost workers are uncovered in Kwara with more than 138 million naira recovered Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered more than 1000 ghost workers in the state of Kwara and recovered over 138 million naira, the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

The ghost workers were in the payroll of Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board, EFCC head at Ilorin Zonal Office, Mallam Isyaku Sharu, told newsmen.

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Sharu congratulated his officers for living up to their responsibilities despite the social restriction and global health challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You will recall that the zone had earlier handed over N374, 000, 000 to the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak on two occasions. The zone has also uncovered alleged diversion of about N750, 000, 000 from the Light Up Kwara Project in which about N72, 000, 000 was used in purchasing a  property in Guzape area of Abuja,” Sharu said.

In the past 16 months of its operation in Kwara state, the EFCC achievements have included interim forfeiture of eight residential buildings in the state capital, two residential buildings in Ikoyi, Lagos state, all worth several millions of naira and final forfeiture of several vehicles.
Fifty-two convictions  were recorded 52 within the period.

Sharu appealed the people of the zone to continue to support the EFCC in achieving their goal. 

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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