Here is a list of at least 91 people tied to influential or highly placed Nigerians who were recently offered juicy appointments by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in a hiring process that was highly secretive.
The list of beneficiaries of the CBN’s job largesse include a daughter of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, a son of Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari and one of the closest members of the president’s inner circle, a son of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, a daughter of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba, also daughter of of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, a since of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdurahman Danbazzau and at least 86 others.The highly controversial recruitment, is seen as peddling of influence.
The leaking of the irregular hires by the CBN caused significant embarrassment for the government and the bank. The CBN’s Director of Human Resources, Chizoba Mojekwu, was reportedly redeployed as the bank’s Director of Capacity Development and IT after CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, accused her of being behind the leaking of the list. However, a top official of the CBN told that Mr. Emefiele had arranged the hiring of relatives of top party leaders and powerful government officials as a strategy for saving his job. It is alleged that the CBN Governor had started the practice of using job offers to woo top government officials since Mr. Buhari came into power on May 29, 2015. One source revealed that, in September 2015, Mr. Emefiele had hired Claire Arase, a daughter of Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase; that the CBN often went to great lengths, including tweaking the names of recruits, in order to hide the identities of beneficiaries of politically motivated recruitment. Often the CBN used the beneficiaries’ first names and their father’s middle names to hide their real identities. For instance, the bank listed Maryam Atiku as “Maryam Abubakar.” In another case, the bank entered the name of the son of Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, as “Nagode Abdulrahman.” In other instances, the bank used the maiden names of hired persons instead of their married names.
The recruitments are deemed irregular because the CBN failed to advertise the vacancies in order to allow opportunities to all qualified Nigerians to apply for the jobs. In addition, the bank’s “political” recruitments did not follow principles of federal character set out for employment by government agencies and other public institutions. “Jobs were just handed to the children of ministers in the current administration,” one bank official stated. The source added that many of the new hires were asked to pick their department of choice after their irregular employment was concluded. Below is the full list of 91 people illegally hired by the CBN:
1. BIOLA OLOGBURO ADENIRAN 2. ABBA MUSTAPHA SHETTIMA 3. ABDUL-HAKEEM MOHAMMED ALI 4. ABDULLAHI MOHAMMED NURADEEN 5. ABDULMALIK ATTA 6. ABDULNASIR HARUNA 7. ABUBAKAR MOHAMMED YAHAYA 8. ADEFELA H. ADEJUWON 9. ADUWAK LARABA 10. AHMAD AMINU 11. AHMED AMINU-KANO 12. AHMED ZAINAB SHEHU 13. AINA MICHAEL O 14. AKINWUNMI AYODEJI AKINTOLA 15. ALEXANDAR CHUKWUKA OKAKWU 16. ALIYU AISHA YAKUBU 17. AMINU AHMADU DAUDA 18. AMINU HALIMAT SADIA ABDULLAHI 19. ASUZU OBIOMA C 20. AYOOLA B OYEBANJO 21. AYOOLA OLUWABUKOLA 22. BABAYO ABDULHAKEEM ABDULLAHI 23. CARPENTER BARKA MUHAMMAD 24. DAHIRU ISA ABBA 25. EJIKE EMMANUEL IBE
26. EKAYI NYOFO SHITTA 27. ESSIEN INNOCENT JOSHUA 28. ETHEL ISIOMA OJIJE 29. FARIDA ZUHAIR 30. FATIMA BABA SHEHU 31. FATIMA IMAM 32. HAJARA SANI 33. HANAFI ABUBAKAR MUJELI 34. HASSAN USMAN 35. IBEH NNADOZIE NATHANIEL 36. IBIRONKE IFEOLUWA ADETUNBI 37. IBRAHIM AHMED LAWAN 38. IBRAHIM KABIR TIJJANI 39. IBRAHIM MUHAMMED KABIR 40. IBRAHIM USMAN 41. IDIGO IFEANYI CHARLES 42. IHEOMAMERE CHIKEZIE CHIKWENDU 43. IKYEMBE TERSEEL IKYEMBE 44. JAMES ELIZABETH EDIDIONG 45. JIBRIL ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM 46. JOEL UGOCHUKWU JONES 47. JOHN IRIMIYA BALEWA 48. KAMALUDDEN TUKUR TAFIDA 49. LORETTA LAOYE 50. MARYAM ABUBAKAR
51. MARYAM ADAMU BADAMASI 52. MBWIDUFFU IBRAHIM AUTA 53. MOHAMMAD AHMAD ADAMU 54. MOHAMMED ALI 55. MOHAMMED AMEER IBRAHIM BUNU 56. MUHAMMAD ISAH RUMU 57. MUHAMMAD MUHAMMAD MAGASA 58. MUHAMMED HASSAN 59. MUSA IBRAHIM 60. MUSTAPHA MARIAM BUKOLA 61. NA’ABBA FATIMA GHALI 62. NAGODE ABDULRAHMAN 63. NASREEN MAMMAN-DAURA 64. ODELOLA OYEKUNLE ISIMENME 65. OKOCHA UZOMA MESHARK 66. OLAJIDE TOLANI KUDIRAT 67. OLAWUNMI ADEDOYIN KAYODE 68. OMITOKUN OMOLOLA TEMITOPE 69. OMOILE KINGSLEY UCHEKA 70. ONOJA UWANE JESSICA 71. ORUCHE CHUKWUDUBEM GODWIN 72. OWOADE ADEDAMOLA KAZEEM 73. PRINCEWILL EVA 74. RABIU MUSA MBULO 75. SADIK UBA SULE 76. SADIQ INUWA BABA
77. SALAMI BASHIRAT OMOLOLA 78. SAMAILA SHEHU 79. SHIMA KUMA 80. SOLOMON EZRA MONDE 81. SUNDAY JOHN MOMOH 82. TASLIM GANIYU OLALEKAN 83. TEMITOPE ADEOLA ODUNOWO 84. TITILAYO TOLA OLOWONIYI 85. UKUTE PATRICK EWERE 86. USMAN BUBA JALO 87. YAHAYA SANI 88. YAKUB UMAR YAKUB 89. YAMANI SANUSI 90. YINUSA BILIKIS OREKULEYIN 91. YISA DANIEL NMA