A team investigating multiple salary payments to civil servants on the Federal government payroll have
revealed that a total of 23,306 names are ghost workers.
And to that effect, the government has started deleting the indicted civil servants from its payroll.
It was also learnt that some of those affected have already tendered their resignation letters to preempt dismissal from service and prosecution.
According to a source, of 312,306 civil servants, whose bank accounts have so far been checked through the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform, 23,306 have issues with their accounts with the discovery of many irregularities in salary payments.
Out of the accounts of about 312,000 civil servants processed so far, the ministry was said to have uncovered irregularities in the account of about 23,306 of them, who were suspected to have been collecting double salary.
These indicted individuals are in two categories. In the first group, we found out that the names of some civil servants, whose salaries are being processed, are different from the names on the accounts where their salaries are paid. What this means is either those in this category are drawing salary from two sources (which could be different agencies), or they are ghost workers.
The source added that the probe also showed that salaries were being paid to some inactive accounts, thus raising the suspicion that government was merely making payment to ghost workers.