A probe into suspicious payment of salaries to scores of civil servants in Kano State has been launched by the State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
This was revealed by Chairman of the Commission, Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado while addressing participants on Saturday at a symposium on the commission and its laws in the state capital.
According to him, foul play is being suspected in the way and manner salaries are being paid to workers in the state, with cases of over payment of salaries to some workers, hence the need for the anti-graft agency to investigate.
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He said; “A lady working with the commission recently received an alert of over N400,000, which was more than her salary. Another staff of the commission attached to Gezawa Local Government also received an amount higher than his salary. Both staff have already returned the excess money to government’s coffers.
“Apart from these two instances, the commission has heard about similar cases in various government ministries, agencies and parastatals. So, the commission is going to investigate the processes of payment of salaries in order to stop this.
“Who knows? There could be a motive for doing this unnecessary overpayment and by the time we investigate the processes, we will know why it happens and who is responsible and why he or she is doing it. It is our responsibility to ensure transparency in government activities at both state and local government levels,” Barrister Gado added.
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