Kwara SUPEB Perm Sec Bayo Onimago (in white and left in bottom row) and his accomplices

By Abiodun Esan

Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Permanent Secretary, Bayo Onimago, and four other senior officials implicated in the ongoing investigation of ghost workers, have been arrested.

They were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which has, for sometime, been investigating the ghost worker fraud in the state.

Onimago and his accomplices were also suspected to have been making illegal deductions from workers’ salary at the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Following this, the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has suspended all the officers involved in the scam.

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The suspension was announced on Tuesday in Ilorin in a statement issued by Alhaji Murtala Olanrewaju, the state Commissioner for Communication.

According to him, the officials are the permanent secretary of the parastatal, Mr Bayo Onimago; Director of Finance and Supply of SUBEB, Mr Husseni Ahmed.

Others were account officers Mujeeb Ibrahim and Oyerinde Fatai; and a staff of the Teaching Service Commission who doubled as the state Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Toyin Saliu.

“The indefinite suspension is connected to some discoveries of alleged fraud in the parastatal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“This is in line with the efforts of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to cleanse the system, particularly at SUBEB where some startling discoveries have been made.

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“Salaries connected to the controversial names on the payroll have been flagged and suspended until the end of the exercise,” Olanrewaju said.