Kogi sacked late Director for fraud



    Kogi State Gov. Yahaya Bello
    Kogi State Gov. Yahaya Bello

    The Kogi state sacked late Director, Mr Alphonsus Ameh, resulting from his alleged involvement in fraudulent diversion of N225, 936, 425. 72 million pensioners’ fund.

    The late Director within the Kogi State Civil Service, was a Grade Level 17 officer within the Kogi State Pension Board.

    He died on Monday of hypertension on the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, some days after he allegedly acquired his sack letter.

    The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr. Petra Onyegbule, informed NAN in Lokoja, that the late Ameh and 4 others within the State Pension Board had been sacked resulting from misappropriation of Pensioners’ fund amounting to N225, 936, 425. 72 million.

    Onyegbule mentioned a nine-man Senior Management Committee was arrange by the federal government to look into the fraud case.

    The committee was headed by Mr Aiyedero Jethro, the Ag. Permanent Secretary as Chairman; and Mr John Ekele, Ag. DAF because the Secretary.

    He added that an emergency assembly of the committee was held on May four, 2017, which drew the eye of the members to the report from the State Intelligence Bureau and the evaluate of the identical by State Auditor – General, Mr Yusuf Okala.

    She mentioned that the report was on a case of misappropriation of Pensioners’ fund, forwarded to the workplace of the Head of Civil Service by the Secretary to the State Government the place the Governor had directed that speedy motion be taken appropriately.

    “In the report, the auditor normal really helpful the speedy dismissal of all civil servants indicted within the police report.

    “Based on the private confession by Mr Alphonsus Ameh to the State Intelligence Bureau and that he commenced reimbursement, an attestation that he dedicated the fraud.

    “The late Ameh confirmed to the committee that he acquired a sum of N2 million as his personal share of the looted pensioners’ fund, which he thought was a Christmas bonus.

    “Ameh additionally confirmed that he had refunded a part of the cash, and pleaded that the committee ought to tamper justice with mercy contemplating the numbers of years he had put within the service.

    “The committee mentioned that since Ameh affirmed his participation within the sharing of the misappropriated fund, coupled with the truth that he (Ameh) had commenced refunding a part of the cash, confirmed that he was responsible of the offence.

    “The committee added that Ameh has violated the Public Service Rule (PSR) No. four, part 04401 No. VIII, XI and XII, liable to dismissal from the Service, and therfore really helpful that the punishment stipulated by the PSR ought to be upheld as a detterent to different civil servants.

    “It is on the recommendation of the committee that Mr Aphonsus Yahaya Ameh, and four others were sacked in June 2017, because a Case of criminal conspiracy and theft was established against them,” Petra mentioned.

    Other culprits are Mrs Florence Adewunmi, Chairperson of the Pensions Board; Mrs Haruna Amina Mudi, Director Accounts; Mr Abdul Musa, Deputy Director Accounts; and Mr Itodo Gabriel, Head of Accounts, all the State Pension Board. (NAN)