FG promotes indicted deputy director

THE PUNCH Newspaper- Nike Popoola

The 32 individuals, including directors and permanent secretaries of the Federal Civil Service, who were arrested by the Pension Reform Task force, for allegedly siphoning several billion of naira from pension fund accounts have been released and allowed to return to their respective offices in the federal ministries.

One of them, a former deputy director of the pension department, had also been promoted as a director, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, our correspondent learnt.

The PRT had said that since it commenced the investigation into the pension fund management, it had confiscated cash and assets worth over N159bn from suspects.

The task force comprises the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and the State Security Service.

The Information and Media Officer, PRT, Mr. Hassan Salihu, confirmed this development to our correspondent on Sunday.

The task force had claimed to have found N600m in one of the personal accounts of the former deputy director, who had just been promoted, while his sister was also found to be operating about 500 illegal pension accounts, in which fake pensioners’ money was regularly paid into.

Many members of the National Union of Pensioners have been lamenting their inability to get their stipends, while ‘ghost’ pensioners have continued to laugh all the way to the bank on monthly basis.

The PRT had said that it found N12bn in the personal account of one of the directors arrested, while some private sector employees who colluded with the civil service pension office to open illegal accounts were also arrested.

The team also arrested seven officials of the Police Pension Office who had also been released on administrative bail. Those arrested in the PPO included a permanent secretary, a retired director and a serving director.

Two executive members of the National Union of Pensioners, Abuja were also arrested for a N2bn pension scam.


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