There is one thing these 6 - Adebayo Aderibigbe; Henry Ekhasomi; Ishmael Agaka; Zwalda Ponkap; Catherine Ugbe, and Kelly Nwagha, have in common.

They are all staff of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) but have been suspended for their role in the alleged loot of N62 billion.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who constituted the panel in Abuja on Thursday, said they are to look into the financial state of NSITF with a view to purging it of all negative trails.

He urged that the panel be granted unfettered access to relevant documents to enable it swiftly carry out its assignment without hindrance.

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Ngige immediately announced a compulsory 30 days leave in the first instance for six top staff of the fund including the General Manager, Legal, Adebayo Aderibigbe; Deputy General Manager, Finance, Henry Ekhasomi; General Manager, Social Security, Ishmael Agaka; DGM, Internal Audit, Zwalda Ponkap; GM, Information, Catherine Ugbe, and GM, Compensation, Dr. Kelly Nwagha.  

The Minister explained that while the EFCC is already handling the criminal aspects of the infractions, it is necessary to investigate the entire scandal, administratively.

“The EFCC had discovered various acts of fraudulent diversions from the Federal Government and private sector contributions amounting to N62.3 billion as at 2015, allegedly perpetrated by the past board and management staff of NSITF,” he stated.

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