Gov Uduaghan’s Special Assistant Arrested Over Multi-Million Salary Fraud; State Govt Makes Effort To Kill The Matter
Corrupt governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan is currently battling with security personnel’s on how to let his aide who is involved in multi million fraud off the hook completely, and stop the Economic and Financial Crime Commission from wading into the matter. The governor’s senior special assistant on Information Technology, Mr. Harold Monu was arrested on Sunday by men of the anti fraud unit of the Delta State Police Command, on his return from London, where he had gone to spent his loot holidaying and spending recklessly.
The aide who was directed by the governor to be in charge of the payroll automation and biometric system to ensure that only legally employed staff of the state are paid salary, turned out to be the criminal in the system. According to the state government, they discovered 7000 ghost workers on its payroll in 2012 while in July 2013, 23,000 ghost workers were also discovered in the various state ministries, an action which saw the state salary wage sky rocketing from N6.5 billion to N7.1 billion under the very watch of the aide.
Unable to cope with such salary payment through the IT method, the governor switched to payment by hands, where workers are personally identified physically. “It is obvious that there are still many ghost workers in the state, especially among teachers. From this January, salaries are going to be paid on the basis of physical presence of a worker”, Uduaghan stated, while beginning the new payment method.
However Mr. Monu arrest did not go down well with the state government who immediately drafted the Secretary to the State Government, Ovuzorie Macaulay to see to his release from the Police headquarter located at Okpanam road. Sources in the state noted that the powerful people in government are aware of the fraud committed by Monu and are part of the cabal holding the state down. A reliable source revealed that the money paid to ghost workers is shared by Monu and his godfathers who strategically put him in such a lucrative position and that the government is aware. When asked why the governor should revert to payment by hand method if he was a beneficiary; the source noted that tongues were already wagging by some government officials and the governor had to save his head by making up such act. a sum of over N2.3 billion is alleged to have been made by Monu in this fraudulent adventure.
Calls put through to the commissioner for information where not available, despite roaming on his phone in London, where he had gone with some public relations journalist in a frivolous course training jamboree.
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