Niger fires over 80 civil servants, alleges salary fraud

DETERMINED to fish out bad eggs in Niger State Civil service, the state government on Thursday announced the sacking of 80 civil servants cut across various cadre of the state service for salary scam running into millions of naria.

The dismissed civil servants, our correspondent gathered, were found culpable in the ongoing salary verification by the state government.

Governor Abubakar Bello gave the go-ahead of the civil servants’ sacking during a state executive council meeting in Minna on Wednesday.

Confirming the development, Niger State Head of Service, Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar, disclosed that all the affected persons were now awaiting their dismissal letters from the office of the state Civil Service Commission in few days.

She said, “There was an instance where a messenger in the State Judicial Service was found to be collecting the salary of a High Court judge; it is as bad as that.

“Also a civil servant was impersonating the Hon Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Haruna  Dukku, and was collecting his salary and making it look as if he was earning double salary. What will he tell (Agric commissioner) EFCC after leaving office if such an individual was not apprehended?” Punch


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