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Two civil servants arraigned in Oyo over multiple salaries

Oyo State Government yesterday, arraigned two civil servants before an
Ibadan Magistrate’s Court, over allegations of financial impropriety through collection of multiple salaries.
The affected workers, Ojo Olanrewaju and Oluwaseun Adegoke, were alleged to be among the over 16, 000 workers who have collected multiple salaries at different periods running into millions of naira.
According to the charge sheet by the prosecutor, Adeyemi Opakunle, a principal state counsel, Ojo was alleged to have fraudulently received millions of naira on monthly basis with fictitious names.
He was charged with fraudulently receiving N1, 287,708 in one fictitious name, through his Wema Bank Account 0121745291.
Other withdrawals he allegedly made are, N839, 940; N559, 960; N443, 037, 76; N438, 731.62; N721, 986.37 and N639, 124.49 under fictitious names.
Ojo was arraigned on a seven-count charge before Magistrate A.A Adebisi. The offence is contrary to and punishable under section 390(5) of the criminal code, Cap 38 vol. 11 laws of Oyo State.
The Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Kofoworola Akinbode, also arraigned the other suspect, Adegoke, on a seven-count charge before Magistrate A. F Richards.
Adegoke was alleged to have used some fictitious names claiming they were NYSC members, to make illegal withdrawals totaling N428, 524.
The names he allegedly used to withdraw the monthly salaries were Oluwasanmi Adekunle J., Abiona Bukola A and Akande Hammed Ololade.
The accused persons however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case was subsequently adjourned to July 23.
Meanwhile, other suspects discovered at the screening committee set up by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, were said to have escaped arrest and gone into hiding for fear of being prosecuted.

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