The Bauchi State, Civil Service Commission, has revoked the employment of Ibrahim Garba, a chief assistant in the Bauchi pension board, on charges of “severe misconduct involving salary and pension fraud.”
A statement released by the spokesperson of the BSCSC, Saleh Umar, on Tuesday detailed the incident.
The commission has accused Mr. Garba of violating Public Service Rule (PSR) 0327(XI), explicitly addressing financial misappropriation cases.
“During the 17th plenary session held on August 1, the commission sanctioned the termination. A State Pension Board disciplinary panel found Garba guilty of altering the account number of the late Audu Mohammed, replacing it with his own.
Subsequently, this allowed him to alter the payment destination after the deceased’s family reported his passing,” the statement explained. “Consequently, he received illicit pension payments totaling N54,871 per month for 55 months, spanning four years and seven months, which accumulated to over N3 million. This sum will be recouped from Garba’s entitlements.”
As per the statement, Abubakar Usman, the commission chair, urged Bauchi civil servants to uphold principles of integrity while fulfilling their responsibilities.
Mr. Usman emphasized that adherence to the Public Service Rule (PSR) is imperative and promised no employee will face unjust treatment. He assured civil servants that the commission would take action against any individuals undermining the service’s reputation.