How former UMTH staff stole N148 million – EFCC

How former UMTH staff stole N148 million – EFCC


– The Economic and Fianacial Crimes Commission has arraigned two staff of th University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital

– The staff were alleged to have siphoned N148 million used as salaries for as ghost workersin the institution

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

Two staff of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital have been accused of siphoning N148 million from the institute.

The accused, a former assistant director, Deji Sambo and a former chief accountant, Bukar Musti both of the department of finance and accounts were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Maiduguri by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the hearing, the prosecution witness 1 Muhammed Damba told the court that Sambo and Musti had a number of ghost workers on their payroll.

Damba, a staff of First bank of Nigeria, Maiduguri branch said the anti-graft agency had approached his bank requesting information about the hospital’s account, which was obliged.

Damba in his testimony gave a breakdown of how Musti received the various amounts of money as salaries for people who never worked at the teaching hospital.

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He said on April 3, May 2, June 3 and June 25, 2008, Musti received N136, 000.50, N136,000.50,  N253,621.04 and N135,420.04.

He also said other lodgments included: N246,230.65 on July 23, 2008;  N280, 402.89 on August 27, 2008; N379, 967.62 on September 22, 2008;  N480,701.60 on October 28, 2008 and N482, 000.62 on November 27, 2008 among many others.

Also testifying Idris Sallau, the PW2 told the court how EFCC requested for the mandates and statement of three accounts.

Sallau, a staff of Unity Bank Plc, said that: “We applied for the release of the documents to our Head Office and it was approved. Thereafter, we forwarded the account mandates and statement of accounts, including documents that emanated from Tropical Commercial Bank Plc, now Unity Bank as requested”

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The two defence counsels objected to the admissibility of the documents but their objection was again over-ruled and the documents were admitted as exhibits.

The PW2 also gave a blow-by-blow detail of how the savings accounts of some individuals, including Muhammed Shattima, Waziri Binti, were fraudulently credited with different sums as salaries from the UMTH account.

Also, the third witness PW3 Ibrahim Adamu, a deputy manager at United Bank for Africa told the court how his bank gave EFCC information about three of its customers.

Documents to that effect were presented and admitted as exhibits.

Umar Salihu Yaro, PW4 and a staff of FCMB, presented documents of their customers requested by the EFCC and were admitted as exhibits.

Salihu told the court that, monies were credited to various accounts of individuals from the coffers of UMTH as salaries.

The matter has been adjourned to Thursday, October 13, 2016 for continuation of trial.

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