Staff jailed for diverting N13m meant for Enugu pensioners

An Enugu State High Court, controlled over by Justice K.I. Okpe on July 22, 2019 convicted a pension fraudster, Akpudili Anayo, to six years in jail for an N13million fraud.

EFCC had accused Anayo with forgery, impersonation, conspiracy, and stealing. He had on April 8, 2019 pleaded “guilty” to the six counts favored against him when he was charged, and he was sentenced, accordingly.

Anayo’s journey to prison started when the Enugu State government petitioned the EFCC alleging fraudulent transactions traced to him.

The State Executive had on May 3, 2017, ordered that the May, June and July 2017 pension/salaries of the state pensioners and three other agencies of the state government be funded by cheques after physical verification.

However, at the end of the verification task, it was exposed that the criminal who was an Ad-hoc staff for the verification exercise, in charge of the system estimating the names of the verified civil servants in the state, planned and used the bank accounts of three fake pensioners to turn funds designated for the pension and salaries of the civil servants in the 17 LGAs of Enugu State.

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