Civil service commission suspends 5 over pension fund

The five civil servants undergoing criminal trial for the massive police pension fraud have been suspended indefinitely from their duties, the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) announced on Thursday.

The officials, including a permanent secretary, a director and an assistant director, are accused of stealing N32.8 billion police pension money and have been charged to court on corruption charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The officers are Atiku Kigo (Permanent Secretary), Ahmed Wada (Director), John Yusuf (Assistant Director), Veronica Onyegbula (Cashier) and Sani Zira (ICT Officer).

The complex scheme, which involved several transfers of huge sums between banks, use of illegal accounts and falsification of names, is said to have been conducted between the officials and a former Director of Police Pension Fund, Esai Dangabar, who also has been charged.

- Daily TImes

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