By Omogbolahan Adisa, Ilorin
The Chairman of the Kwara State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Salisu Idris Toyin has confessed how he and officials of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) shared a sum of N31 million meant for the payment of salaries of 400 ghost workers, reports The Gazelle News.com.
The Kwara NUT boss made the confession to the officials of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Toyin was arrested by the EFCC in connection with the discovery of 400 fresh ghost workers in the state. The discovery was made on Friday, 19 June, 2020.
The Gazelle News.com reports further that the NUT boss confessed that the money was shared between NUT officials and top officials of the SUBEB including the Permanent Secretary of SUBEB, Bayo Audu Onimago.
Other beneficiaries of the money include: the Director of Finance, SUBEB, Ahmed Husain; the Coordinator, NUT, Kwara State, Tijani Idris and the Controller of Finance, SUBEB, Omole John.
In his confessional account of how the money was shared, Toyin told operatives of the EFCC that, “a sum of N12million was paid into an account operated by me and others, the money was actually not supposed to come but when the cash hit the account, I withdrew it and gave it to SUBEB Officials, they gave us N3million for free and we shared it among ourselves.
“We also received another N19million. I withdrew N4million from it, I used N1.5million for clearing and inter locking of our quarters, the remaining N2.5million is still with me”. Toyin also said that the money he used for the clearing and interlocking of the quarters was not receipted.
It would be recalled that the EFCC, last week announced the uncovering of about 1000 ghost workers allegedly smuggled into the payroll of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board.
All the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.