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Bayelsa to prosecute those involved in payroll fraud

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.

As part of efforts to rid the state of wide spread pay roll fraud, the Bayelsa state government will soon implement the Public service reform committee report.

A source in government hinted that some of the offenders might be prosecuted at the law court, as the state government begins a proactive action to end fraudulent practices perpetrated by some civil servants.

Bayelsa State has over 20, 000 civil servants in its pay roll, mostly made of ghost workers.

A member of the Committee on Civil Service Reforms told The Guardian on condition of anonymity that the government had commenced compilation of the names of those believed to have perpetrated the employment and salary fraud in the state.

Although the source did not mention the exact number of those indicted in the exercise, it was said that so many people have been indicted.

Some of those indicted are said to be simultaneously receiving salaries from many sources, the local government areas, the Federal University, Otuoke and other agencies.

On Monday, the governor was said to have directed his deputy, Gboribiogha John Jonah, to ensure the compilation of all the names of the people so far discovered to have been involved in defrauding the state through multiple employment and other fraudulent activities.



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