The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, has assisted a retiree, Malam Adamu Umar, to retrieve money owed him by his previous employer.
The commission in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Folu Olamiti, said Malam Umar, a resident of Sabon Gari, Zaria Local Government in Kaduna State, had been living in abject poverty since he retired five years ago having been denied his retirement benefits.
It said the man in a petition dated 22nd September, 2014 to the ICPC Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta, claimed to have worked at the Local Government for 13 years.
He further alleged that the Kaduna State Local Government Staff Pension Board had denied him his retirement benefits (Gratuity and Pension) since 2010.
“Following ICPC intervention and commencement of investigation into the matter, it was discovered that the pension board was indebted to Malam Adamu”, it said.
The statement said intervention came for the retiree, who was dying from bouts of old age related diseases, when one of his relatives enlightened him on how he could seek redress through the anti-corruption agency.
“Upon intervention by the Commission on the matter, the sum of N554,263.80 owed Mallam Umar Adamu as Gratuity and accrued Pension of 53 months was paid to him.
“In addition, the pension board immediately perfected the payment of Mallam Adamu’s monthly pension as it was supposed to be”, the statement added.