Nigerian civil servant smuggles brother’s name on govt payroll, takes salary for 11 years while brother struggles

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The Niger state police command in Nigeria have arrested a senior civil servant for smuggling his brother’s name on federal government payroll for 11 years, local media reported.

Mohammed Ndanusa was arrested in Minna, Niger State after being found to have placed his brother’s name in the federal civil service payroll, since 2009.

The culprit, a civil servant with the Ministry of Health was reportedly taking his brother’s salary for about 11 years until the bubble burst on Tuesday, August 1, 2020.

He even made arrangements to successfully promote his brother several times, from Grade Level 10 to Grade level 14.

All the while, his brother, Tanimu, was operating as a motorcyclist in Minna and unqualified to be on the level that Mohammed fraudulently placed him.

Niger State government recently embarked on a physical verification of all civil servants.

The 11 year-fraud was busted when he asked the “Okada-rider” brother (Commercial motorcyclist), Tanimu to appear for screening in line with government’s regulations.

According to P.M. News, when Tanimu Ndanusa appeared before the panel, he did not come with any certificate, and he could not even speak, like a senior civil servant on Level 14.

Members of the screening committee were stunned and called the police to arrest him.

The two brothers, Mohammed Ndanusa and Tanimu Ndanusa were arrested by the police.

Mohammed Ndanusa has confessed to the crime, according to the report

Ndanusa confirmed that he fraudulently employed his brother on grade level 10 in 2009 and subsequently promoted him three times to grade level 14 till date.

The suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded, Police said.

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