Nigeria: Court Orders IGP To Release Names Of Over 80,000 Police Ghost Workers

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A Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to release the details of the 80,115 ghost officers alleged to have been existing in the Force.

Former Minister of  Finance Kemi Adeosun, had dropped the hint during her presentation on the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System to the Federal Executive Council in 2018.

On April 3, 2018, the Centre for Social Justice, through its Lead Director, Eze Onyekpere, sent a Freedom of Information request to the IGP, requesting information on the details of the said ghost workers.

The IGP, however, was said to have failed to release the information and gave reasons for the inability of the police to grant the request to CSJ through the FOIA.

Justice Binta Nyako, therefore, ordered Muhammad Adamu to immediately release to the group the bank account numbers, bank verification numbers, monthly salaries and emoluments and the total money paid to each one of them.

The court similarly ordered the IG to pay to CSJ, the sum of N500,000 as damages for earlier denying the group access to the information

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