The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission says 1,134 ghost workers with foreign names are in the payroll of the state government.
The Public Relations Officer of the anti-graft agency, Shabbana Abdul’aziz said this in a statement on Monday.
Abdul’aziz said the commission detected the workers during an invitation it carried out.
She said the investigations showed that some staff of the Ministry of Finance colluded with some local government officials to insert the ghost workers.
“We initiated an investigation based on information which was made available to the commission into an alleged insertion of foreign names into Kano state government payroll,” the statement said.
“The commission, therefore, requests the office of the state Head of Service to suspend salary payment of the detected names pending the completion of the investigation.
“This is necessary because of the strong evidence suggesting official corruption and abuse of office in their employment or insertion into the payroll,” he said.