Oyo State Government yesterday arraigned two civil servants for allegedly receiving multiple salaries running into several millions of naira.
The two suspects – Oluwaseun Adegoke and Ojo David Olanrewaju – were arraigned separately at the Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The government recently announced the suspension of payment of salaries for over 16,000 civil servants for irregularities in their personal information as captured in the government record.
Adegoke, who appeared before Chief Magistrate A. F. Richards of Court Two, faces an eight-count charge bordering on fraudulent collection of sums totalling over N2 million.
Olanrewaju faces a seven-count charge bordering on the same offence totalling N4, 930, 486. He was arraigned before Chief Magistrate A. Adebisi of Magistrate Court Three.
According to the charge sheet, the suspects used fictitious names to con the government of the sums between February, 2014 and December, 2015.
They were alleged to have also used names of corps members and retired civil servants to receive the sums as salaries.
But they received the money through their own bank accounts.
Counsel for the suspects, Mr. Akeem Agbaje, applied for bail, which was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Adetunji Gbadegesin.
While Adegoke was granted bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, one of who must be a civil servant on grade level 14, Olarenwaju was granted bail in the sum of N10 million with three sureties in like sum, one of who must be a civil servant on grade level 15, another who must be a resident of Ibadan with landed property worth N10 million and the third a relative of the suspect who is gainfully employed. The two cases were adjourned till July 22 and 25.
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