The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has uncovered a N250 million alleged fraud at the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) in Sokoto State.
Spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
She alleged that the money was diverted from the institution’s personnel cost account into the private accounts of an “individual and a company”.
The spokesperson, however, did not mention the names of the suspects who own the accounts.
According to her, the anti-graft agency had already taken into custody a staff of UDUTH Accounts department described as the kingpin in the alleged fraud.
“He is being questioned to unravel all those behind this fraudulent act.
“ICPC has also commenced efforts to recover the proceeds of this fraud through the seizure of exotic cars and real estate properties from the main culprit,” she disclosed.
Citing findings from ICPC investigation, Okoduwa said the suspect exploited loopholes in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) to perpetrate the fraud.
“The fraud was carried out when deductions meant for third parties such as the state board of internal revenue and over-payment deductions were diverted from the IPPIS and channelled into the private accounts of an individual and a company.
“Checks by the commission on how a critical national infrastructure such as the IPPIS could be compromised indicated likely negligence on the part of the management of the teaching hospital and other loopholes.
“For instance, failure to cross-check and reconcile the execution of its budget and allowing officers from the Finance and Accounts Department to access another officer’s password on the platform, present real threats and vulnerabilities,” she explained.
She added that further probe revealed that the suspect exploited “a window of opportunity on the IPPIS platform” to substitute the genuine destination account numbers with those of his co-conspirators before payment.
She said that the window allowed Ministries, Department and Agencies to edit salaries that had been processed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation before they were finalised or paid.
“Again, the commission’s findings indicate that the platform does 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.
“Investigation into the fraud is ongoing and appropriate actions will be taken by the commission upon conclusion,” she said.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)https://nnn.ng/icpc-uncovers-n250m-alleged-fraud-at-uduth-reveals-loopholes-in-ippis/
PDP Govs. congratulate Obaseki, commends Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum on Sunday congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his reelection as the governor of Edo.
The Forum’s Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, in a statement issued in Abuja, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping his word in Edo governorship election, not to unduly interfere in the elections by using state machinery.
Tambuwal said Obaseki’s victory was a testament to the triumph of justice, a testimony of hardwork, resilience, grit, forward planning, clinical execution and reward for improving the lot of the people of Edo.
“It is a resounding endorsement by Edo people of your performance in the last four years.
“It is an absolute rejection by ‘Edolites’ of ‘godfatherism’ and imposition of their leaders by forces from outside the state.
“Your election has rekindled the hope of Nigerians, that a free and fair election is still possible in Nigeria,” he said.
Tambuwal said that it however, behoved on Obaseki to reciprocate the support of the people by doubling his efforts to sustain good governance and accountability to the people of Edo, who had invested their trust and confidence in him.
“Even as a PDP governor-elect, we trust that you will govern with fairness to all Edo people irrespective of party affiliation or support for you.
“The Edo people have spoken and democracy has triumphed. It is indeed the will of God.
Its morning again in Edo,” he said.
Tambuwal also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for not allowing itself to be manipulated into subverting the clearly expressed will and wishes of the people of Edo .
“We applaud security agencies for their fairness and relative neutrality in the conduct of the elections,” he said.
Tambuwal appreciated the hardwork, dedication and commitment exhibited by the National Chairman of PDP and member of the National Working Committee.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/DonaldUgwu
NGO trains 150 Imams on addressing gender-based violence, harmful practices in Sokoto
Umar-Jabbi, who is the District Head of Gagi, said the three day training was targeted at enhancing scholars’ capacity on modern knowledge and global scholars’ submissions on GBV and harmful practices.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the training availed the scholars’ of the opportunity to present papers on different topics that provided overview of Shari’ah intelligence.
According to him, most scholars, mostly in rural communities have poor access to educational materials relevant for handling issues surrounding sexual abuses and other forms violence.
”It is an ongoing efforts aimed at equipping scholars and the society to effectively assist victims of sexual and gender-based violence in their respective communities.
“The imams serve as great councilors to community groups. As such, their training on ways to offer services and referrals of survivors and other forms of violence against women will go a long way in assisting the authorities,” Umar-Jabbi said.
He urged the participants to adhere strictly to the techniques gained in the course of the training and endeavour to share knowledge and experiences for the good of the society.
In their separate lectures, Abdulmalik Abudullahi, Aminu Bala and Muhammadu Attahiru-Badamina, dwelled on the causes and avenues that could prompt gender-based violence.
The scholars presented divers issues on modern knowledge and Islamic Shari’ah law provisions safeguarding the integrity of women and improper practices in the society.
They maintained that the impacts of gender-based violence affected survivors’ behaviours, growth and development as well as their psychological wellbeing.
The Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Hajia A’isha Dantsoho, said that strategies and policies had been put in place to check the ugly trend.
Dantsoho urged CSOs to assist relevant agencies in checkmating the menace by exposing perpetrators and monitoring the survivors.
She noted that the State Government in collaboration with some international donor agencies, had established a sexual assault referral centre to provide immediate and long term remedies for survivors of GBV.
The Commissioner commended CADI for the effort and stressed the need for more collective efforts against the menace.
Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Maharazu Ahmed
Welfare of policemen our priority – Minister
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, has restated commitment of the Federal Government to ensure best welfare packages for policemen across the country.
Dingyadi, who spoke on Sunday at his residence in Sokoto, during an interactive session with newsmen, said that the ministry had enhanced strategies toward achieving the desired goals for respective officers.
“We are trying as much as possible to ensure the general welfare of policemen is properly taken up to enable more excellent performance from the men and officers.
“However, to the best of our knowledge, what the security agencies are doing to combat banditry and other forms of criminality in the country is highly commendable.
“The performance is ongoing and by the grace of God, I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to succeed in the fight soon,” he said.
He added that policemen in the country were working closely with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to ensure peaceful and secured living environment for all.
On the police recruitment, the minister said that the process was generally transparent, as it involved all stakeholders throughout the exercise.
“We ensured that every local government area in the country got a fair share in the exercise and only eligible candidates were screened based on the stakeholders’ recommendations,” he said.
On the entitlements of retired and demised policemen, Dingyadi assured policemen that the ministry had been paying all pensions and gratuities as and when due and would continue to enhance the process.
He further said that the ministry had recorded a lot of achievements in restoring peace and tranquility in many parts of the country.
“However, one of the major achievements recorded is the establishment of the Police Trust Fund.
“This is to ensure that the police are properly funded, in order to improve their services, strengthen the officers and support the community policing system,” he added.
On the community policing, Dingyadi said that the Federal and State Governments in the country were on the same page to achieve the desired goals.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide
Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto
A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits.
Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform.
The police also said about 100 gunmen attacked the town.
The lawmaker who represents Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, said that the bandits had in recent times, also attacked many villages and towns in the two local government areas, where a number of innocent citizens were kidnapped or brutally killed.
He however, commended the dedication of security personnel on ground, but said more should be deployed to save the people from further attacks.
Kurdullah pledged to support all efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties, not only in the area but across the country.
He urged people of the area to remain law abiding and support security agencies with useful information to help in restoring peace and stability in the area.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed