Five staff of the Bauchi State Local Government Pension Board have been arrested by the police for alleged fraud.
DSP Ahmed Wakili, spokesperson of the police command, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust by public servant, criminal misappropriation, forgery and fraud.
According to Wakili, a letter of complaint from the office of governor, signed by Musa Mohammed Kirfi, the Private Principal Secretary to Governor, against the suspects was received on September 12, 2020.
The suspects are: Mohammed B. Mohammed, Editor of the board; Musa Bappayo, computer operator of the board, Samaila Musa and two others, who are all staff of Local Government Pension Board.
“The letter was received through the office of commissioner of police for discrete investigation. When interrogated the above-mentioned persons confessed to have inserted about seven illegal beneficiaries’ names into the pensions records fraudulently,”
“The names illegally inserted are Mohammed Namamu (AKA MUHAMADUN FAIZA, Abubakar Muazu .
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“These Two were the candidates/beneficiaries introduced by Samaila Musa ‘m’ aged 38yrs of Federal Low-cost whom inserted above-mentioned none of them is a civil servant of the state are receiving sixty five thousand (N65,000) and eighty five thousand (N85,000) per month for the period of eighteen (18) month which accumulated to two million seven hundred thousand (N2.700,000),” Wakili said.
“Yasir Sulaiman, 37yrs of bayan airport has two candidates, whom he received (N320,000) per month for the period of (23) month which accumulated to seven million three hundred and sixty thousand (N7.360,000).
“Garba Bala ‘m’ aged 39yrs of Tirwun Bauchi whom introduced two candidate and receiving N300,000 per month for thirty-six (36) month which accumulated to ten million eight hundred thousand (N10.800,000).
“Umar Mohammed Madara ‘m’ aged 49yrs of Ibrahim Bako Bauchi has one candidate, whom he receives one hundred and twenty thousand (N120,000) per month for the period of six (6) month which accumulated to seven hundred and twenty thousand (N720,000).”
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The police spokesperson said all the suspects mentioned above have been arrested, and investigation is in progress.
He also stated that the command is making effort to arrest the other fleeing suspects.