The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has launched a forensic audit into reports of a breach of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).
In a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the OAGF, Bawa Mokwa, the Office had received inquiries over alleged “salary padding” on IPPIS involving some unspecified Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.
It says that although there was no evidence of “salary padding” before the OAGF at this time; however, the statement says the office is aware of a reported breach of the IPPIS third-party payment protocol at an Institute outside Abuja.
It stated that the incident has since been reported to, and is being investigated by relevant anti-corruption, security, and regulatory agencies.
In the meantime, a staff suspected to be connected with the breach has been suspended to allow for a thorough investigation.
The Office indicates that all necessary steps are being taken to strengthen the controls around the IPPIS payment platform while the independent forensic audit of the entire payroll system will help to ascertain if the reported breach is isolated or widespread.
Writing by Biodun Dare; Editing by Muzha Kucha & Adeniyi Bakare