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ICPC arrests accountant over N250m fraud at Sokoto hospital

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission said it had uncovered the diversion of N250m from the accounts of the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, into private pockets.

The anti-graft agency said its investigation revealed that overpayment and deductions on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System were channelled into the private accounts of an individual and a company.

ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a statement on Tuesday that a UDUTH accountant had been taken into custody in connection with the fraud.

The commission said the suspect was being questioned to unravel all those behind the fraudulent act and added that it had also commenced efforts to recover the proceeds of the fraud through the seizure of exotic cars and real estates from the principal suspect.

The statement said, “Checks by the commission on how a critical national infrastructure such as the IPPIS could be compromised indicate likely negligence on the part of the management of the teaching hospital and other loopholes.

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The agency said findings indicated that the platform did not match account names with account numbers.

“This loophole created the opportunity for the fraudster to divert the funds successfully for the while that the fraud lasted,” the statement added.

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