Philip Tachin dragged before ICPC over N370 million fraud in SUBEB

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Save De Nation, an Abuja-based anti corruption network, has dragged a former Chairman of the Benue state Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Philip Tachin, before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for allegedly diverting a total sum of N370 million teachers’ salaries to his private use.

Recall that Tachin was asked by Governor Samuel Ortom to resign as chairman of the Benue SUBEB sometimes ago when it became clear that several fraudulent activities were taking place under his watch at the agency.

According to a petition sent to the ICPC by Save De Nation, a copy which was obtained by our reporter, Philip Tachin presided over a band of frauds while he held sway as the head of Benue SUBEB, an action which led to his untimely sack.

The petition which was signed by the legal adviser of Save De Nation, Barrister Mike Chukwuma, accused Tachin of using the N370 million he fraudulently deducted from primary school teachers wages to acquire a five star hotel in Makurdi.

In the petition, the group wondered why Governor Samuel Ortom failed to prosecute Tachin after the discovery that he created many schools and inflated the number of teachers while all the money he was approving for their salaries was going into his private pocket.

Save De Nation also wants the ICPC to make Tachin explain why he refused to remove the names of many teachers who had died from the SUBEB Payroll, and was still diverting their salaries running to hundreds of millions of Naira for his personal use.

The petition reads in part: “A newspaper had reported that Tachin used some consultants to create several illegal schools and put several names on paper as the teachers he employed in those schools.

“He was allocating salaries to the fake teachers in the illegal schools which he created but all the monies were going directly into his personal purse.

“The schools he created existed only on paper. Some of the schools had more than 50 teachers on paper but in actuality, only 4 or 5 government teachers were on ground, and all their salaries went into his purse.

“It was also found out by the Management that Mr. Tachin illegally deducted over 370 million from primary school teachers’ wages and put the money into his personal purse”