Taraba government suspends two directors over alleged N1.8bn financial scam

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Apr 10th, 2014
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The Taraba government, on Thursday, announced the suspension of two directors in the state’s Ministry of Finance, Mr Nicodemus Iki and Mr Makan Danduba for alleged misappropriation of N1.8 billion.

Mr Ate Sale, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made the disclosure at a news conference in Jalingo.

He said 19 others were suspended in connection with the missing money.

He, however, said that the Accountant-General, Mr Joel Lenbang and his Deputy, Mr Titus David, were yet to get their suspension notices as they were assisting in ongoing investigation into the matter.

The commissioner noted that the affected staff inflated the state’s salary bill and diverted the difference to their personal use.

Sale said the state government became suspicious when its salary bill kept increasing despite the huge number of retirees and deceased persons in the work force.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the money was found mission from the salary account between September 2012 and December 2013. (NAN)

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