Pension officer diverts N3 million pension of deceased pensioner - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Pension officer diverts N3 million pension of deceased pensioner

A Chief Secretarial Assistant attached to Bauchi State Pension Board Ibrahim Garba, has been sacked after he was found guilty for diverting the pension of a pensioner (now deceased) to his own account. 

This was contained in a statement by the Information Officer of the Commission, Saleh Umar.

He said that the Commission approved the termination in a sitting during it's 17th plenary session held on 1st August, 2023 at its Conference Hall. 

"The officer was found wanting for serious misconduct for involving himself in salary/pension scam. His action violated Public Service Rule (PSR) 0327(XI) that dealt with the issues of financial embezzlement.

"The Disciplinary Committee of the State Pension Board has found Ibrahim Garba guilty for smartly swapping the account number of one Audu Mohammed, now  deceased, with his own account number which facilitated the change of paypoint after the relatives of the deceased reported his death. 

"Thereafter Ibrahim Garba received illegally pension for fifty five (55) months of N54,871.26 each month for Four (4) Years Seven Months which amounted to N3,017,919.30 which shall be recovered from from his benefit.

"The Chairman of the Commission Alh. Abubakar Usman Madakin Bunun Bauchi, who presided over the session called on the Workers in the State to be God fearing in the discharge of their duties," he noted. 

Umar further stated that the Chairman of the Commission ruled that Public Service Rule (PSR) must be observed and adhered to as a guide, adding that it will be applied where necessary to sanitize the system so that the service would be run transparently.

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