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Employment racket: Hand over indicted officials to EFCC, AC tells Bayelsa govt

Yenagoa—The Action Congress in Bayelsa State has challenged the state government to hand over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for prosecution, some senior civil servants allegedly indicted in the recently concluded Biometric data capturing exercise in the state.

The state government had claimed at the conclusion of the exercise that it uncovered a total of 11,132 ghost workers, with the state losing N293.7m per month, amounting to N3.524bn annually to a syndicate within the civil service.

According to the Due Process Bureau that carried out the data capturing exercise, all those indicted in the employment racketeering scam will be handed over to the anti-graft agency for prosecution.

But the Acting Chairman of Action Congress, Comrade Ebikibina Miriki, yesterday called on the state government to match its word with action on the prosecution of affected officials, saying this would act as a deterrence to other corrupt government officials.

The A C, which had been in the forefront of the agitation that the state government should make public its audited account, called on the Timipre Sylva administration not to sweep the issue of the indicted officials under the carpet.

“Government has lost a lot of resources through paying ghost workers and it is on record that some persons were indicted by the Due Process and E-governance Bureau. We are appealing that the government should hand over the affected officers to By Samuel Oyadongha


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