The suspect was arraigned before the Justice A. B. Mohammed of the FCT High Court, Jabi, Abuja yesterday after the Ministry pf Finance filed a petition to the EFCC in February 2016 demanding investigation into a suspected “payroll fraud”.
The investigation launched by the EFCC is part of efforts by the Nigerian government to expose fraudulent ghost workers on the federal government’s payroll.
The arraigned suspect who has many aliases including Momoh Hassan, Umar Musa and Umar Obele Musa is faced with an eight-count charge bordering on theft, criminal breach of trust and advance fee fraud.
The suspect was accused of conniving with one Saliu Olashola known as Nokia to commit the said fraud between 2013 and 2017.
One of the counts filed against the suspect reads: “That you, Dairo Samson Seun (aka Momoh Hassan, Umar Musa and Umar Obele Musa) between July 2013 and February 2016 at Abuja within the Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory pretended to hold office of an Administrative Officer bearing a fictitious name of Umar Musa on grade level 8 with the Federal Ministry of Works as a Public Servant and in such assumed character did receive a total sum of N1,646,041.77 as salaries/allowances from the Federal Government.”
The suspect however pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.
Following the suspect’s plea, the court granted him bail in the sum of 5million naira with two sureties, one who must be a civil servant and a resident of Abuja with proof of evidence.
The case was thereafter been adjourned to March 10, 2017 for hearing.