EXTRA: Civil servant smuggles brother’s name into payroll, collects salaries for 11 years

EXTRA: Civil servant smuggles brother’s name into payroll, collects salaries for 11 years
September 03
11:51 2020

Tanimu Ndanusa has been on the payroll of the Niger state government since 2009, collecting his entitlements with commitment and precision.

He has even been promoted several times, from level 10 to 14, apparently without writing promotion exams.

The only problem, though, is that he is full-time okada rider who can barely speak English.

His brother, Mohammed, a senior civil servant in the state ministry of healthy, had unhealthily smuggled his name into the payroll and had been collecting the salaries and entitlements on his behalf.


Game up.

On Tuesday, Mohammed asked his brother to present himself for a physical verification exercise for civil servants in the state.

When Tanimu could neither tender his credentials nor speak appropriately as demanded of his job, the committee in charge of the exercise handed him over to the police for further questioning.


Mohammed was said to have confessed to the fraud and he was arrested alongside his brother.

Speaking on the development, Adamu Usman, commissioner of police, said the two brothers will be charged to court when investigation is concluded on the matter.

In June, the Niger state government discovered monthly payment of over N672 million as salaries to ghost workers in the civil service.

Ibrahim Panti, commissioner for works and infrastructural development, said over 30 percent of the workers did not turn up for the physical screening exercise.


He said some of those who turned up were discovered to have fake certificates or had retired already.

1 Comment

  1. Jan Hazo
    Jan Hazo September 03, 17:08

    A sad commentary on the state-of-affairs in the Nigerian civil Service that a ghost could be created and inserted into the Payroll and continuously collect salaries for ELEVEN YEARS! This proves how lackadaisical the internal control and checks were and are.
    Where is the Internal Audit and departmental heads and directors all this while? Wasn’t there any External Auditor worth the name here?
    Well beyond punishing the culprits, the State Governor must recall all those who ran this from the start of the Fraud to the time of discovery. They must at least reimburse the State government for this loss.

    Reply to this comment

Write a Comment