A former Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) desk officer, Haruna Kolo has openly admitted to collecting bribes in exchange for promises of jobs on behalf of the embattled Federal Character Commission (FCC) chairman, Farida Dankaka.
Kolo made the revelation on Monday when he appeared before the House of Representative ad-Hoc committee investigating federal ministries, departments and agencies, parastatals, and tertiary institutions on mismanagement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) over the allegation of collecting money from job seekers.
The IPPIS official revealed that he collected over N75 million through his personal Eco Bank account and paid it in cash to the FCC Chairman in several installments based on the instruction from her.
Mr Kolo added that he resigned from FCC on the 2nd of November 2022 to begin work at Asset Management Cooperation of Nigeria (AMCON) but he still received salary from FCC on two occasions which he claimed he reported to the FCC Human Resource officer but was told it was not an issue and that it would be handled.
He said, “When she came to Federal Character as the executive Chairman, she appointed me as a protocol officer which 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 PA to the Taraba state commissioner. As a desk officer, am responsible to take whoever is employed to IPPIS for capturing no one can go there without a letter from the Chairman or Human Resource officer of FCC.
“When she came, she wrote a letter to the Accountant General instructing that no letter from FCC should be honored except she signs the letter. So whenever there were new employment, she signs, give to me and I take to the Accountant General’s office for capturing.
“Shehu is the one that brought those who paid monies to my account for job, some paid 1million others 1.5 million all to my personal account, my Eco bank account. She asked me to give cash to her which I did through POS so there is no evidence of transfer or anything.
“On the allegation of working at 7 places, I was never at any time involved in 7jobs, they are making the allegation based on assumption.”