The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee probing employment racketeering in Federal Government agencies says it is scrutinising the bank accounts of the 36 Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission, FCC, in respect to selling slots for employment.
The Ad hoc Committee Chairman, Yusuf Gagdi, who stated this as the panel resumed its investigative hearing said the committee was studying the bank accounts of the commissioners vis-a-vis the account of certain individuals that have been serving as fronts to sell jobs in federal agencies to members of the public.
He expressed displeasure that a Former FCC staff who currently works with the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, Haruna Kolo, again failed to honour the Committee’s invitation.
Kolo had appeared before the Committee last week Monday, when he alleged that he was collecting money on behalf of the Chairman of the Commission, Muheeba Dankaka, to sell slots for employment.
Also at the hearing were witnesses who alleged they were victims of job racketeering by Haruna Kolo.
One of them Badamasi Jalo said he met Kolo through one Yishau Gambo, the driver to the FCC Commissioner of Taraba State and alleged that Kolo told him that he took the money to the Chairman of the FCC.
He said, “I am from Taraba State and I met Haruna Kolo through Yishau Gambo. I paid to Gambo. When I was taken to Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) office that was how I got Kolo’s contact. We did our IPPIS on 14th October 2021. I startedt receiving my salary the next month November. Based on that I had confidence.
“Kolo asked me to look for additional people. He told me there would be another recruitment in another organization which is National Institute of Marine and Oceanography in Lagos, which he paid four people’s money into my account and I paid into these three accounts including Haruna Kolo in Ecobank, Bello Halima in Access Bank and also paid to the FCC though Gambo’s account.”
Gagdi said Jalo, who also served as a front, was invited because of his statement of account in respect to recruitment racketeering and selling of slots.
He said there was evidence connecting him to Gambo, the driver to the Taraba State Commissioner.
Another witness, Musa Ibrahim from Nasarawa, said he introduced some candidates to one Abdullahi, who scammed the unsuspecting victims.
He alleged that Abdullahi was working with the Nasarawa State Commissioner and the Chairman of the Commission and that he has sufficient evidence to back his claim.
The Ad hoc Committee Chairman who wondered why it was so easy for Kolo to take people to IPPIS for capturing without authorisation said the IPPIS must be invited to explain the anomaly.
Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Elizabeth David
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