EFCC arraigns “Ghost Worker” for N11million fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arraigned one Dairo Seun before Justice A. B. Mohammed of the FCT High Court, Jabi, Abuja for a N11,346,000 fraud.

The Ministry of Finance had petitioned the EFCC in February 2016 requesting for “payroll fraud investigation”. It was part of efforts to unravel various techniques used by fraudsters to defraud the Nigerian government by way of ghost workers.
Seun, who goes by various aliases including Momoh Hassan, Umar Musa and Umar Obele Musa, is facing an eight-count charge bordering on theft, criminal breach of trust and advance fee fraud. He is alleged to have connived with one Saliu Olashola (aka Nokia), to commit the fraud between 2013 and 2017.

He is accused of stealing N5,673,503.64 from the Federal Government by creating fictitious accounts for salaries and allowances, using his various aliases, an offence contrary to Section 287 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of Federation 2004.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Dairo Samson Seun (aka Momoh Hassan, Umar Musa and Umar Obele Musa) between July 2013 and February 2016 at Abuja within the Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory pretended to hold office of an Administrative Officer bearing a fictitious name of Umar Musa on grade level 8 with the Federal Ministry of Works as a Public Servant and in such assumed character did receive a total sum of N1,646,041.77 as salaries/allowances from the Federal Government”.

He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Olamide Babawale, asked for a date for commencement of trial, and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Defense counsel, Folunso Adegalu, however, urged the court to accede to his bail application dated February 27, 2017 “to enable the defendant prepare for his trial”.

Justice Mohammed, thereafter, granted him bail in the sum of N5million, two sureties, one who must be a civil servant and a resident of Abuja with proof of evidence, and adjourned to March 10, 2017 for hearing.