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Superintendent of Police arrested over pension scam in Kogi

A serving Superintendent of Police has been arrested in Kogi State for allegedly collecting a pension as a retired school teacher for 12 years.

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This revelation was made by the Director General, Media, and Publicity to the state Governor, Kingsley Fanwo who disclosed that Yusuf, a serving officer attached to Kaduna State Police Command, had been drawing the pension as a teacher from 2004 to 2016 when the scam was uncovered.

The culprit with force NO-86581 was arrested on March 6, 2017, by the State Staff Screening Appeal Committee when it was discovered that apart from his police salary, he was also getting the pension regularly.

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Yusuf's luck ran out when he was accosted by both the State and Local Government Auditor Generals as he was suspected to be too young to qualify for the pension.

Fanwo narrated that Yusuf claimed to have worked briefly as a primary school teacher in LGEA Ayegba Primary School in Idah Local Government Area before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, after which he joined the Nigeria Police Force.

"The report of the forensic audit carried out on the documents submitted by Mohammed shows that he forged his age as well as employments records and bribed his way through some dubious officers of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Apart from the SUBEB staff, he also bribed some staff of the Local Government Pension Board to get himself placed on the pension payroll.

Further review of the bank statement revealed that the Police Officer has been receiving the sum of N46,878.30 on monthly basis.

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Superintendent Yusuf who confessed to committing the crime has agreed to pay back the sum of N6, 328, 421.43 he has fraudulently taken from the State for the past 12 years, and appealed for forgiveness from the entire people of Kogi State," Fanwo concluded.

The suspect has been handed over to the police who would prosecute him after a thorough investigation.

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