Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered the immediate sack of over 500 civil servants who fraudulently falsified their retirement age.

The Governor gave the directive on Mopnday in Asaba, the capital of the state, when he received the final report from a verification committee headed by Nkem Okwuofu.

It was set up to look into the Age Discrepancy, and Date of Birth and Employment of Public Officers in the state.

Senator Okowa said the affected civil servants had falsified their retirement age or refused to appear before the verification committee, pointing out that the exercise had saved the state over 12.319 billion Naira.

He said: "Head of Service, with effect from today, the 402 absentees have to be disengaged from the payroll completely and the people that are due to retire must be expunged from the payroll between today and tomorrow.

"We cannot continue to tolerate this. It is very unfortunate that we continue to see people who are dead and are still receiving salaries".

Presenting the report to the Governor, Mrs Okwuofu, who is also the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, said a total of 4,742 persons were screened out of which 1,695 were cleared.

Another 137 were asked to proceed on retirement, 810 had their dates of birth and employment corrected and 2,085 verified and affirmed, while 402 were absent.

She said the verification exercise had resulted in a total financial gain of over 12 billion Naira.

Bounce new correspondent in Delta State, John Uwadibie reports that Okwuofu had on 18 January presented a report to the Governor which led to the stoppage of salaries of 291 civil servants who were supposed to have retired but were still in service.