The Director-General of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Nellie Mayshak, has said 3,000 ghost pensioners in the police pension scheme has been uncovered.
The DG made the disclosure at a two-day sensitisation workshop in Abuja on Thursday, saying, “when PTAD was first given the police pensions payroll, it contained 18,000 pensioners which we thought were all genuine.
“But when we went around the states to verify, we discovered that there were 15,000 pensioners in the police.
“If we had not made this discovery, we would have been paying pension to these non-existing 3,000 pensioners.”
Mayshak said that the directorate, which was also partnering with EFCC and ICPC to ensure that pension fraudsters were eliminated from the system, saved the Federal Government more than N100 million monthly which would have been paid to the ghost pensioners.
According to her, PTAD handles the payrolls of 132,000 pensioners in total; 104,000 pensioners in the civil service, 13,000 in parastatal agencies and 15,000 in the police.