Former FCC Staff Admits to Collecting Bribes, Indicts Commission’s Chairman

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Muheeba Farida Dankaka, the executive chairman of the FCC

A former Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) desk officer at the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Haruna Kolo, has admitted to accusations of collecting bribes from job seekers in exchange for employment.

He said he received over N75m from the jobseekers and gave most of it to the chairman of the FCC.

Kolo revealed this at the investigative hearing by the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating federal ministries, departments and agencies, parastatals, and tertiary institutions on the mismanagement of the IPPIS.

According to him, the FCC chair instructed him to transfer the money to his (Kolo) personal account and pay her in cash.

“When she came to FCC as the Executive Chairman, she appointed me as a protocol officer and I carried out my duty diligently.

“On the allegations of job racketeering, the FCC chairman instructed me to liaise with one Mr. Shehu, who is a personal driver and Personal Assistant to the Taraba State Commissioner,” he said.

“Shehu is the one that brought those who paid money to my account for job. Some paid N1m, others N1.5m, all to my personal account, my Ecobank account,” he continued.

She asked me to give cash to her, which I did through POS. So, there is no evidence of transfer or anything.

Kolo said he did this several times before resigning in November 2022.

He was asked to reappear before the committee on Tuesday as the investigation into the IPPIS mismanagement continues.


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