The Plateau Government has dismissed the officer, who posed as a fake commissioner and drew salaries and entitlements for that office.
Mr Yakubu Jang, the Special Adviser to Plateau Governor on Special Duties, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Sunday.
“We discovered the officer that claimed to be a commissioner and dismissed him from service after a thorough investigation.
“We took him through the civil service disciplinary procedure and showed him the way out,’’ said Jang, who is also the Chairman, Biometric Data Capture Committee.
He said that the ministry of justice had been directed to prosecute the dismissed officer.
The special adviser described the situation as “very scary’’, and expressed surprise that an officer could engage in that high level of criminality.
Jang said that other officers involved in that incident were still being investigated to ascertain the levels of their complicity and promised that none of them would escape justice if found culpable.
“Government is still doing its work to ensure that all concerned are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others,’’ he said.
He said that the committee had attained a high level of success in its efforts at cleansing the system and revealed that some of the discoveries were “simply disgusting’’.
He advised civil servants in the state to place the public interest above their selfish desires, pointing out this was the only way to promote growth, stability and progress.