The Oyo State Government on Wednesday dragged two civil servants in its employ before Ibadan magistrate courts for allegedly receiving multiple salaries running to several millions of Naira.
The two civil servants, Oluwaseun Adegoke and Ojo David Olanrewaju, were accused of using fictitious names of corps members, retired and dead civil servants to draw the salaries from government coffers between February 2014 and December 2015.
They allegedly received the salaries through their accounts at Skye Bank, Wema Bank, First Bank and Stanbic/IBTC.
The suspects pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.
The state government had recently stopped salaries of over 16,000 workers based on discovery of inconsistencies in their records.
Adegoke was arraigned before Chief Magistrate A. F. Richards of Court Two on an eight-count charge of fraudulently collecting over N2 million in salaries through the fictitious names.
Olanrewaju, who was arraigned before Chief Magistrate A. Adebisi, is answering questions on a seven-count charge bordering on fraudulently receiving a total of N4, 930, 486 within the period.
Counsel to the suspects, Mr Akeem Agbaje, applied for bail which was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Adetunji Gbadegesin.
While Oluwaseun 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, Ojo 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.