The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has suspended a top government official over alleged salary padding and breach of the Intergrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) third party payment protocol
The unnamed official, according to a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the OAGF, Mr Bawa Mokwa on Monday was suspended to allow for thorough investigations by relevant anti-corruption and security agencies to whom the incident has been reported.
The statement further reads:
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“The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) is in receipt of enquiries over alleged “salary padding” on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) involving some unspecified Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).
“This is to inform the general public that there is no evidence of “salary padding” before the OAGF at this time; however, the office is aware of reported breach of the IPPIS third party payment protocol at an Institute outside Abuja.
The incident has since been reported to, and is being investigated by relevant anti-corruption, security and regulatory agencies.
“In the meantime, a staff suspected to be connected with the breach has been suspended to allow for thorough investigation.
“All necessary steps are being taken to strengthen the controls around the IPPIS payment platform and an independent forensic audit of the entire payroll system is underway to ascertain if the reported breach is isolated or widespread”.