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N143bn ghost workers scam: EFCC presses charges against five alleged masterminds

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed charges against five officials, who allegedly padded the Federal Government payroll with about 50,000 ‘ghost’ workers.

The Federal Government had said the nation lost N143bn to the salary fraud.

A reliable source in the EFCC told our correspondent on Sunday that the suspects had been charged to court but the case had not yet been assigned to any judge.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had revealed in December that the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, created by the present administration, was able to uncover the 50,000 ‘ghost’ workers and saved the nation N13bn monthly during the year.

About 11 members of the syndicate that perpetuated the fraud were transferred to the EFCC.

A detective at the commission said, “You will recall that the Ministry of Finance sent the names of some suspects perpetrating the ‘ghost’ workers’ fraud. We have been able to charge five people. However, investigations are still ongoing.

Punch, January 23, 2017

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