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SaharaReporters Unveils Relatives of Influential Figures in Buhari Government Allegedly Offered Juicy Appointments in CBN

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SaharaReporters has identified the offices and titles allocated to 91 of the persons tied to influential and highly placed Nigerians recently offered juicy appointments by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in a secretive and illegal high-stakes hiring process aimed at consolidating favour with the presidency.

The beneficiaries of the CBN’s employment gerrymandering include daughters of such figures as former Vice President Abubakar Atiku; Mamman Daura, one of the closest members of the president’s inner circle; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba; Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase; as well as sons of Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and of Abdurahman Danbazzau, the Minister of Internal Affairs; along with a niece of President Muhammadu Buhari and at least 86 others.

The scandalous recruitment was first uncovered by SaharaReporters two weeks ago, but in the past few days, we obtained exclusive identification of the ranks assigned to each of the beneficiaries.

The leaking of the irregular hires by the CBN caused significant embarrassment for the government and the bank.  The CBN’s Director of Human Resources, Chizoba Mojekwu, was redeployed to a new position as the bank’s Director of Capacity Development and IT after CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, accused her of being behind the leaking of the list.

A top official of the bank told our correspondent that Mr. Emefiele had arranged the hiring of relatives of top party leaders and powerful government officials as a strategy for ingratiating himself with the presidency and saving his job.

Even though the list earlier released by SaharaReporters had 91 names, our sources at the CBN disclosed that Mr. Emiefiele started the strategy of using job offers to woo top government officials after Mr. Buhari came into power on May 29, 2015. One source revealed that in September 2015, Mr. Emefiele hired Claire Arase, a daughter of IGP Arase.

Since concluding the hiring of the 91 persons that were outed by this medium, sources at the CBN have further disclosed that three persons related to Senate Majority Leader Ali Ndume benefitted from the largesse, as the bank hired his daughter, his son as well as an in-law.

Our sources disclosed that each Senator was reportedly given an employment slot, meaning that the Upper House alone could have put in 100 persons in the implementation of Mr. Emefiele’s political job multiplication strategy.

While some of them nominated their wards, however, we learned that others sold their slots for huge amounts of money.

SaharaReporters learnt that the CBN often went to great lengths, including tweaking the names of the beneficiaries, to hide the actual identities of the beneficiaries of politically motivated recruitment, such as using the beneficiary’s first name and his/her father’s middle name.

In that schema, for instance, the bank disguised Maryam Atiku as “Maryam Abubakar,” while the son of Dambazau became “Nagodi Abdulrahman.”  In other instances, the bank used the maiden names of the hired persons instead of their married names, thus permitting Ali Ndume’s daughter access to her fat pay cheque as “Mariam Mohammed Ndume.”  It is unclear how their academic and professional certificates, if any, matched these names in the bank’s human resources records.

The recruitments are illegal because the CBN failed to advertise the vacancies as prescribed by law to allow all qualified Nigerians to apply for the jobs. In addition, the bank’s “political” recruitments did not follow principle of federal character set out for employment by government agencies and other public institutions.

“Jobs were just handed to the children of ministers in the current administration,” one bank official stated.

To add insult to injury, many of the new hires were asked to pick their department of choice once their irregular employment was concluded, the source said.

The job placement ranking obtained by SaharaReporters sees some of the illegally hired persons being given higher rankings than others.  This suggests that such new employees actually had years of experience in relevant fields before their employment by the CBN, but our sources at the bank affirmed that the ranks were given as gifts with a nod and a wink to some of them with no consideration for extant rules whatsoever.

Why several civil organizations have called upon Mr. Emefiele to resign his appointment on account of the scandal, neither he nor the government has responded officially.

Below is the full list of 91 people illegally hired by the CBN with their ranks:

  1. Fatima Baba Shehu – Assistant Manager  Step 01 
  2. Carpenter Barka Muhammad – Assistant Manager  Step 02 
  3. Abiola Ologburo Adeniran – Assistant Manager Step 01
  4. Akinwunmi Ayodeji Akintola – Assistant Manager Step 01
  5. Abubakar Mohammed Yahaya – Assistant Manager Step 01
  6. Usman Buba Jalo – Assistant Manager Step 01
  7. Aduwak Laraba – Deputy Manager Step 01 
  8. Aina Michael O – Deputy Manager Step 01
  9. Taslim Ganiyu Olalekan – Deputy Manager Step 01
  10. Ethel Isioma Ojije – Deputy Manager Step 01
  11. Abdulnasir Haruna – Deputy Manager Step 02
  12. Iheomamere Chikezie Chikwendu – Deputy Manager Step 02
  13. Solomon Ezra Monde – Deputy Manager Step 02
  14. Aminu Ahmadu Dauda- Manager Step 01 
  15. Sunday John Momoh – Manager Step 02 
  16. Mustapha Mariam Bukola – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  17. Ayoola Oluwabukola – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  18. Adefela H. Adejuwon – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02
  19. Owoade Adedamola Kazeem – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  20. Omitokun Omolola Temitope – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  21. Ibrahim Ahmed Lawan – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  22. Maryam Adamu Bahamas – Senior Supervisor 1 step 0
  23. Olajide Tolani Kudirat – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  24. Temitope Adeola Odunowo – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  25. Mohammed Ameer Ibrahim Bunu – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  26. Hajara Sani – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  27. Abdulmalik Atta – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  28. Nagode Abdulrahman – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  29. Ahmed Aminu-Kano – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  30. John Irimiya Balewa – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  31. Na’abba Fatima Ghali -Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  32. Abdullahi Mohammed Nuradeen – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  33. Sadiq Inuwa Baba – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  34. Sadik Uba Sule – Senior supervisor i step 01
  35. Olawunmi Adedoyin Kayode – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  36. Ibironke Ifeoluwa Adetunbi – Senior supervisor 1 Step 01
  37. Ikyembe Terseel Ikyembe – Senior supervisor 1 Step 01
  38. Princewill Eva – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  39. Abdul-hakeem Mohammed Ali – Senior Supervisor 1 step 01
  40. Mbwiduffu Ibrahim Auta – Senior supervisor 1 step 01
  41. Essien Innocent Joshua – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  42. Titilayo Tola Olowoniyi – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  43. Aminu Halimat Sadia Abdullahi – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02
  44. Abba Mustapha Shettima – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02
  45. Farida Zuhair – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 02
  46. Ekayi Nyofo Shitta – Senior Supervisor 2  Step 01
  47. Omoile Kingsley Ucheka – Senior supervisor 2 Step 01
  48. Muhammed Hassan – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  49. Ukute Patrick Ewere – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  50. Ibrahim Kabir Tijjani – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  51. Maryam Abubakar – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  52. Odelola Oyekunle Isimenme – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  53. Yinusa Bilikis Orekuleyin – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  54. Muhammad Muhammad Magasa – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  55. Ayoola B Oyebanjo – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  56. Mohammad Ahmad Adamu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  57. Alexandar Chukwuka Okakwu – Senior Supervisor 1 Step 01
  58. Okocha Uzoma Meshwork – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  59. Hassan Usman – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  60. Dahiru Isa Abba – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  61. Joel Ugochukwu Jones – Senior Supervisor 2 step 01
  62. Ibrahim usman – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  63. Fatima Imam – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  64. Yisa Daniel Nma – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  65. Yamani Sanusi – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  66. Ejike Emmanuel Ibe – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  67. Jibril Abdullahi Ibrahim – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  68. Shima Kuma – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  69. Loretta Laye – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  70. Hanafi Abubakar Mujeli – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  71. Ahmed Zainab Shehu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  72. Musa Ibrahim – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  73. Oruche Chukwudubem Godwin – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  74. Yakub Umar Yakub – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  75. Idigo Ifeanyi Charles – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  76. Asuzu Obioma C – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  77. James Elizabeth Edidiong – Senior supervisor 2 Step 01
  78. Salami Bashirat Omolola – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  79. Ibrahim Muhammed Kabir – Senior supervisor ii step 01
  80. Kamaludden Tukur Tafida – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  81. Ibeh Nnadozie Nathaniel – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  82. Samaila Shehu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  83. Mohammed Ali – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  84. Rabiu Musa Mbulo – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  85. Aliyu Aisha Yakubu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  86. Yahaya Sani – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  87. Muhammad Isah Rumu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  88. Onoja Uwane Jessica – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  89. Ahmad Aminu – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01
  90. Nasreen Mamman-Daura – Senior Supervisor 2 step 02
  91. Babayo Abdulhakeem Abdullahi – Senior Supervisor 2 Step 01

 

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