By Olusola Alatise, Evelyn Omotoye & Kayode Crown
Six staffers who were recently arrested by the Ondo State Government over fraudulent practices have been suspended in line with the state civil service rule.
The State Head of Service, Mr Toyin Akinkuotu who dropped the hint last weekend said the suspension was to pave way for proper investigation and further action.
He said it came to the notice of the government that the arrested officers were still reporting in their duty posts and he directed that they should be suspended.
Our November 12 publication had revealed that the officials had succeeded in fleecing the state government of millions of naira.
The report revealed that the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the state-owned Signage were the two honey pots targeted by the swindlers.
Already, six of the itchy fingers were arrested by detectives at the Board of Internal Revenue following intensive police investigation.
During the investigation, one of the suspects, a woman was discovered to have over N200million in her bank account.
The woman, a staff of the Ministry of Works who was earlier indicted for a similar offence and reportedly refunded money to government, employed a non public servant working for her with forged government receipts with which she perpetrated her nefarious deals.
According to the source: “What we found in her house between 2013 and 2017 were prodigal fake receipts worth over N200million, International Passport with which she travels frequently since January 2018 and now that she was arrested, she has made over N200 million from government coffers.”
Also nabbed is a level eight officer (names withheld) who colluded with some accomplices to print the e-receipt and fake tax clearance certificate.
They have their fake receipt they issue to people. If you see his house, you would be amazed at his marble palace and the eye popping car we recovered from his wife,” the source revealed.
The Hope also gathered that over N200 million was found in his account with a first generation bank.