Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi
By Tunde Sanni in Ibadan
There is anxiety in Ibadan, Oyo State over alleged plans by the government to prosecute about 3, 000 civil servants recently sacked for entering the service with "unscrupulous documents."
There is also anxiety over threats by the government to retrieve all salaries collected by the workers in the cause of their purported employment.
The refund of the salaries would be a follow up to the prosecution of the embattled workers, a top government source confided in THISDAY yesterday.
As of press time, the list of the affected workers was still being compiled by permanent secretaries and directors of ministries and departments.
THISDAY checks however revealed that some of the sacked workers who got wind of the development have stopped coming to offices to evade arrests while others were said to be exploring political solutions.
It was learnt that the decision of the government to prosecute the affected workers categorised as "ghost workers" and those with fake certificates was in keeping with the administration's pledge to restore sanity into civil service in the state.
An amorphous group within the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) called PDP Synergy League has upbraided the ruling government for the sack of the workers, an action the group described as wicked and callous.