Kogi Poly Payroll fraud: indicted officers to face prosecution- CPS
The Kogi State Government says it has made the necessary arrangements to ensure the prosecution of the five senior officers of Kogi State Polytechnic, who were accused of committing payroll fraud.
The State Government through the audit had earlier uncovered payroll fraud of N157, 350, 381, allegedly perpetrated by five officers in the Bursary Department of the Institution between the period of August 2014 to May 2017.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Petra Onyegbule, on Thursday in Lokoja, said a total sum of N157, 350, 381 was fraudulent diverted from the pause of the school by the perpetrators into their own private accounts.
“The five suspects have been suspended by the Governing Council of the Institution and they shall be prosecuted accordingly, to face the consequences of their fraudulent actions.
“The government is taking legal action against them so that they can account for the funds they had grossly mismanaged, and whatever punishment that is metted out to them will serve as deterrent to other corrupt officials.
“It should be noted that the state is prosecuting them so that the stolen funds will be recovered back into government coffers, and for them to also face the full wrath of the law if found guilty,” she said.
Onyegbule noted that the State Executive Council had on Wednesday approved the prosecution of the suspects, and subsequently directed the Attorney General and Commissioner For Justice to take the necessary legal actions against them.
She added “In spite of the limited funds available to Kogi, it is disheartening that some selfish individuals are siphoning monies that are meant for the citizenry, in the name of payroll and wage bill.
“It can better be imagined the level of fraud that would have been perpetrated over the years in not being able to judiciously account for the earnings of the institution within this short period.
“It is not sustainable because right now the state is feeling the negative impacts of all these misapplications of funds that are supposed to be meant for public use”.
According to her, the alleged frauds were perpetrated through fraudulent recycling of one off record salary arrears over a period of 24 months amounting to N39, 217, 671.
“A total sum of N118, 122, 709.46 was misappropriated through manipulations such as Illegal deductions of N41, 276, 193 from staff salaries.
“Excess of salary subventions of N76, 499, 516. 36 was allegedly diverted to their private pockets through their own personal accounts for personal use.
“The fund that was supposed to be meant for ANA dues amounted to N360, 000, was also diverted for personal use rather than remitting it to ANA account.
“Adding up all of these you will get a total sum of N157, 350, 381.
“This government is responsible and would not tolerate any act of corruption or gloss over any established corrupt practice against any official, irrespective of their status or position,” she said.
She named the indicted officers as: Dr Ujiya Abel Adama, the School Bursar; Momoh Adeyanju Yahaya, the Chief Accountant for Part-time Programme; Omale Isaac Damian, the Chief Accountant-Budget and Planning.
Others are Ebiloma Ilenwa, the Assistant Chief Acountant-Pay Roll, and Falodun Alfred Toyin, the Pay Roll Officer.