How seven fake pensioners drew N20.7m in Bauchi

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Bauchi State Police Command has arrested seven fake pensioners and their government masterminds at the State Pension Board who allegedly infiltrated the pension list have cost the state N20,720,000 between six to 18 months .

According to the Police, the State Governor, Bala Mohammed has requested for the investigations into fraudulent activities uncovered on the nominal roll.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil said “On September, 12, a letter of complaint from the office of the Executive Governor of Bauchi State against the following suspects; Mohammed Mohammed; an editor of the Board, Musa Bappayo; computer operator of the board and Samaila Musa; all staff of Local Government Pension Board were 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 as follows; Mohammed Namamu, Abubakar Muazu. They both received N65,000 and N85,000 for eighteen months respectively –totaling N2,700,000.

“Yasir Sulaiman, 37, injected two candidates, whom he received N320,000 monthly for 23 month which accumulated N7.360,000. Also, Garba Bala, 39, whom introduced another two candidates and receiving N300,000 monthly 36 months which accumulated to N10,800,000.”

He said another suspect, Umar Mohammed Madara, 49, inserted one candidate, from whom he received N120,000 monthly for 6 months totaling N720,000. Ahmed added that all suspects have been arrested and investigation is in progress.

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