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ICPC interrogates medical director over N186m COVID-19 fund

Mr. Ahmed Adeagbo, the medical director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, was grilled by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Osogbo on Wednesday.

It was gathered that Adeagbo with a female hospital staff, arrived at the ICPC’s office in Osogbo at exactly 11:20 a.m. to answer questions on how N186 million COVID-19 funds and other monies were spent by the hospital management.

The duo were later led to the enforcement room of the commission at 11:35 am with a “Ghana-Must-Go” bag, suspected to be filled with documents.

An ICPC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the medical director was “invited for questioning and to make clarifications on some financial issues at the hospital”.

The official said the commission would continue investigating the allegations levelled against the medical director and his management.

Mr Adeagbo’s appearance at the commission’s office followed a letter dated April 20, addressed to the facility’s medical director, inviting him and the head of finance and accounts to appear before it.

The commission, in the letter, directed him and the head of accounts to show evidence of how over N186 million in COVID-19 intervention fund and other monies were spent by the hospital’s management.

It also asked him to show “evidence of how the alleged amount of N186, 817, 307 was spent with approvals and relevant documents, establishing the purpose of the COVID-19 intervention funds and beneficiaries of the fund.

“Show evidence that staff members, who contracted COVID-19, were paid for or received free items from the intervention funds, treatment benefits to individuals (identity of such staff members, what treatment received.

“Request for salary payslips of resident doctors from 2017 -2021

“Evidence of payments made to pharmaceutical supplies from 2017 till date, evidence of receipt with payment vouchers.”

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