EFCC Probes Saraki’s Aide, Wife Over Alleged Scam
The Special Adviser on International Relations to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Bamikole Omishore, and his wife, Abiola Aiyegbayo-Omishore, are currently engulfed in a mess over an alleged ghost worker scam.
In a petition written by Youths United against Corruption in Nigeria, and signed by Abba El-Mustapha, it revealed that Omishore, who has been working with Saraki since 2015, allegedly listed his wife as a grade level 12 employee of the National Assembly, though she is a nurse in the United States.
The petition which was submitted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that Omishore’s wife had been collecting salaries to the tune of N150,000 for nearly three years through her Guaranty Trust Bank account 0147896921 with the name ‘Abiola Aiyegbayo’.
For example, the salaries for January, with file number S0723 and February 2017 also with file number S0723, were paid on April 10, 2017.
The petition read in part, “Documents made available by a whistle-blower showed that Mr. Bamikole Omishore, one of the aides to Senate President Bukola Saraki, has made millions of naira through the complex but criminal scheme.
“Further information gathered revealed that Mr. Omishore, since his appointment, has purchased prime properties in Abuja and Lagos respectively. Our search in the Abuja Geographic Information Systems revealed that since his appointment as a special adviser, Omishore has purchased prime properties in Abuja and Lagos.
“Omishore registered his US-based wife, Abiola Omishore, on the payroll of the National Assembly, using her maiden name, Abiola Joy Aiyegbayo. Her social media accounts and even posts by her husband prove that she is not based in Nigeria.”
The petitioner was said to have further alleged that Omishore’s wife had an identity card showing she was an employee of the National Assembly, while all her profiles online never reflected that she had worked with the Assembly.
The EFCC, in its reaction, said it has begun to take necessary action on the petition.
“I can confirm that the petition is before the commission and receiving necessary attention,” spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren said.