Civil Servant arrested for not reporting salary overpayments

A former staff of the Nigerian Correctional Service (formerly Nigerian Prison Service) identified as Mrs. Opadule Caroline Abimbola has been dragged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for alleged fraudulent receipt of salary.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that Mrs Caroline was arraigned before Justice Olabode Adegbengbe of High Court 5 sitting in Akure, Ondo State on a seven count charge that borders on dishonesty and corruption.

According to the particulars of the case, at various times in 2012, the accused person was allegedly overpaid through her First Bank Salary account No. 2004992044 amounts that were far above her monthly remuneration, totalling N1.2 million.

It was also learnt that “instead of reporting the anomaly that resulted in the overpayment of her monthly salaries to the Finance and Accounts Department of her organisation, she refused to do so and was investigated by ICPC when information reached the Commission.

When the charges were read to her in court, Mrs. Opadule pleaded not guilty and was therefore granted bail of N1.5 million and 2 sureties in like sum.

The defendant has been remanded in the Ondo State Command of the Correctional Services until she satisfies the bail conditions, and the case has been adjourned to 1st April, 2020 for hearing.

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