How consultant collected N66.5m in pension scam – Witness

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A witness in the ongoing trial former Kaduna State Pension Bureau consultant, Ibrahim Mohammed Sodangi, today presented startling evidence on how the consultant smuggled his name into the pension payroll and started drawing benefits like a bona fide pensioner.

Michael Wetkas, an operative of the EFCC, while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that, in the course of investigation into the matter, analysis of the account opening package and statements of account furnished the Commission by Keystone Bank and First City Monument Bank revealed that Sodangi used his accounts to receive funds under the guise of being a pensioner of the Kaduna State government.

The investigation was triggered by a petition written by a group named, “movement for better future”, which alleged massive fraud in the Kaduna State Pension Bureau. The petitioners alleged that the then management of the Bureau conspired with the consultant to steal pension fund through enrolment of ghost pensioners.

They identified some of the ghost pensioners to include “Mohammed Ibrahim (Keystone bank), Mohammed S. (FCMB) and Abdullahi Shehu (Access bank).

Wetkas affirmed that documents received from the banks, and critical examination of the pension payroll revealed that, indeed, Mohammed Ibrahim and Mohammed S were listed as pensioners and monies paid into their accounts from Kaduna State Pension Fund.

He further disclosed that analysis revealed that both names belonged to the same person-the accused. “We confronted him with our findings which revealed that between 2007 and 2013 his account in Keystone bank received N38,684,919.09k (Thirty Eight Million, Six Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Nineteen Thousand Naira and Nine Kobo), while his FCMB account within same period received N27,736,657.23 (Twenty-Seven Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Seven Naira and Twenty-Three Kobo). Aggregate sum that went into him …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper