The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced “necessary action” on a petition against Bamikole Omishore, the Special Adviser on International Relations to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his wife, Abiola Aiyegbayo-Omishore, over alleged ghost worker scam.
The development was confirmed to Punch by spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren said, “I can confirm that the petition is before the commission and receiving necessary attention.”
Documents submitted to the EFCC revealed that Omishore, who has been working with the Senate President since 2015, allegedly listed his wife as a grade level 12 employee of the National Assembly, though she is a nurse in the United States.
The petition, signed by Abba El-Mustapha on behalf of Youths United against Corruption in Nigeria, claimed that Omishore’s wife had been collecting salaries to the tune of N150,000 for nearly three years through her Guaranty Trust Bank account 0147896921 with the name ‘Abiola Aiyegbayo.’
Documents obtained by Punch showed that most of the salary payments were made on the same day, thereby arousing suspicion.
For example, the salaries for January, with file number S0723 and February 2017 also with file number S0723, were paid on April 10, 2017.
The petition read in part, “Documents made available by a whistle- blower showed that Mr . Bamikole Omishore , one of the aides to Senate President Bukola Saraki, has made millions of naira through the complex but criminal scheme.
“Further information gathered revealed that Mr. Omishore, since his appointment , has purchased prime properties in Abuja and Lagos respectively.
“Our search in the Abuja Geographic Information Systems revealed that since his appointment as a special adviser, Omishore has purchased prime properties in Abuja and Lagos.
“Omishore registered his US – based wife, Abiola Omishore, on the payroll of the National Assembly, using her maiden name , Abiola Joy Aiyegbayo. Her social media accounts and even posts by her husband prove that she is not based in Nigeria.”
According to the petition, Omishore’s wife had an identity card showing she was an employee of the National Assembly.
But all her profiles online never reflected that she had worked with the Assembly.
The EFCC said that the petitioner is seeking an immediate probe into the matter and for the commission to expand its scope to “save the nation billions of naira.”