Kogi state Auditor General, Alhaji Yakubu Okala has revealed that two academic staff and non-academic staff of Kogi State University, KSU, Anyigba defrauded the state in the sum of N100 million through collection of double salary.
Okala who was the chairman of the recently concluded staff verification and screening committee constituted to audit the state work force made the startling revelation when Governor Yahaya Bello visited Kogi state university, Anyigba.
He said that the committee discovered in the course of its assignment that one of those that defrauded the state was 34-year-old Mrs Adishetu Usman, an employee of Dekina LGA that was employed on the 1st of June, 2006 as an adult instructor on Grade Level 3, but grew to GL 6 as at
Auditor General said “thereafter, as at 2nd June 2014, she was employed by the Kogi State University as a chief porter in the Registry Department but did not resign her first appointment with the LG.
“Mrs Adishetu admitted she has hence been working for both Dekina local government and Kogi State University since 2nd June, 2016 and has been collecting salaries from both Local and state governments.
“Her monthly salary at Dekina LGA was N19,629.68 while N32,609 was her salary at the university”.
He said another person is Dr Solomon Olabode Adebayo, Lecturer 1 with the institution that was also discovered to have received double salary between March 2012 and 2015.
According to Okala, Adebayo resigned from the state Teaching Service Commission, TSC, in 2012 and took appointment with the university but remained on the pay roll of TSC, drawing Gross pay of N137,000 monthly in the past five years.
“He was aided by a staff of his former organization by name Mr Oshadari in other to remain on the payroll of the TSC where he no longer works.
“Prior to the screening exercise he was earning N197, 000 per month from March 2013 to March 2016 which makes a total sum of N7.092 million.
The state Auditor General also said Mr Usman Momoh, a lecturer in the university while serving as the Bursar of the state College of Education (Technical), Kabba, defrauded the state to the tune of N88.123 million before gaining employment as lecturer.
“Mr Momoh, after preparing the schedule will add fictitious names on the payroll with fake account numbers which he will latter withdraw in collaboration with one Lawal Musa. He also diverted withholding tax to the tune of N12 million”, he stressed.
According to Director General Media Affairs to the governor, the alleged fraudulent staff and the dons will be prosecuted once investigation to their acts is completed.