- A fraudulent act has been uncovered in the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto
- The criminal act involved the diversion of the sum of N250 million made for the State Board of Internal Revenue
- The kingpin behind this act has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)
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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested a staff of the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto for diverting the sum of N250 million.
The anti-graft agency revealed that the fraudulent act was carried out through deductions from over-payment made on Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), PR Nigeria reports.
The commission noted that the fund was supposed to be for third parties such as the State Board of Internal Revenue.
Having nabbed the prime suspect, the ICPC said that investigations to apprehend other culprits linked to the act are underway.
The body is of the opinion that since a key national infrastructure such as the IPPIS can be compromised, there is a possibility of negligence on the part of the management of the UDUTH.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the ICPC had said it had started probing alleged cases of corruption in the management of COVID-19 funds and palliatives.
This was disclosed by the anti-graft agency's director of operations, Akeem Lawal, on Thursday, May 28, during a virtual meeting of stakeholder.
Lawal said there were allegations of fraud by some public institutions in the release and distribution of grains from strategic food reserve.
He said the cases include alleged infractions in the procurement of COVID-19 palliatives and logistics and community enlightenment activities.
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Lawal vowed that all reported cases will be investigated and prosecuted.
In his own address, the ICPC chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, said that the commission had issued an advisory on response management for COVID-19 fund.
Owasanoye assured that the agency would monitor all donations made by the private sector to ensure transparency and accountability.
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