feat alongside her husband, Yakubu after they returned the sum of paid
in excess of her March salary back to the state government, Nigerian
Kogi State government, attached to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC)
in Lokoja, the state capital. Her monthly salary is approximately
indicating a text message. Upon opening the folder containing the SMS,
she saw that her salary account domiciled in Zenith Bank, Lokoja
Branchhad been credited with N1, 787, 550.98k. The text message stated
that it was her salary for the month of March, 2017.
over and over again. Aside reading the message repeatedly, she took her
time to count the figures displayed in the message. After a while, she
abandoned the materials she had come to buy and found her way home.
brief interaction, they decided to refund the money, saying that it was
the right thing to do. The decision to refund the money was expected to
be a difficult one for the family because of their peculiar situation,
but it became the simplest one for them, the couple stated.
those affected by the ongoing screening exercise in the state. He
disclosed that For 15 months, he argued that he had not received any
salary from government.
that was also not promptly paid for survival. Many believed the money
wrongly paid into her account should have been a solution to the problem
facing them. But that was not to be, the money was not allowed to stay
beyond 24 hours in the account as it was returned to the coffers of the
months’ salary, her upbringing and religious belief would not allow her
to illegally enrich the family.
my husband has not been paid for 15 months. I found N1.78 million
belonging to the state government in my account. Despite the fact that
the government owes us about 16 months’ salary arrears (my husband and I
included), I refunded the money to the state government. I wrote a
letter, which I copied the accountant general, the chairman of the TSC
and the Director General, Bureau of Information and Grassroots
Mobilisation, that I had refunded the money.”
“When I saw the money, what went through my mind was that there were
many people out there suffering because they had not been paid and then
mistakenly the government paid the money into my account. I immediately
knew the money was meant for other people, not me.”