Thursday, 1 February 2018

EFCC Arraigns Five Medical Doctors Over N13.6million Fraud

Former Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Edo State, Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro and four others were yesterday arraigned before Justice Efe Igbonmwonba of the State High Court over an alleged “stealing of N13.6 million and conspiracy to commit fraudulent false accounting.”, New Telegraph Reports.

Their arraignment followed a petition before the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) by some aggrieved members of the NMA in the state. Other accused persons in the suit with sheet marked; BLCD/ EFCC/8/2017 were Dr. Anthony Owolabi, Dr. Quincy Atoghengbe, Dr. Raymond Ogieva and Dr. Oseremen Gabriel Ogbebor, respectively.
The EFCC had filed a 21-count charge preferred against the defendants.

According to the prosecutor, Dr. Ben Ubi, the defendants allegedly committed the offence while acting in their capacities as officers of Edo State NMA between 2013 and 2014. The charge reads that; “The defendants, knowingly and privies to omitting the UBA Account No. 1010717142, a material particular in an account maintained and operated by the NMA in its audit report for the accounting year 1st August, 2013 to 31st July, 2014.”
They were also accused of conspiring among themselves “to make a false entry in the audit report of the accounting year, 1st August, 2013 to 31st July, 2014 of the association to wit, inserting anticipatory income in the report to cover a loan of six million naira yet to be received and thereby committed an offence.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges during which their counsel, Bello Imadegbelo (SAN), filed an application for their bail. Justice Efe Igbonmwonba had admitted the defendants on bail with N1 million each and a surety that must be gainfully employed and with evidence of tax clearance.

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