The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned a former Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi State, Dr Henry Aloh in connection with a N79 million alleged contract scam.
Aloh was arraigned before the High Court of Ebonyi State presided over by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice A.N Nwankwo. Docked alongside Aloh was a manager of one of the branches of Intercontinental Bank plc (now Access Bank) in Ebonyi State, Mr. Sam Agbo.
ICPC investigations had revealed that the offences were committed in 2005 when the Ebonyi State Government awarded a contract for the renovation and construction of Amasari General Hospital in the State to the tune of N79 million.
The former Commissioner, Dr Aloh, was alleged to have conspired with the Bank Manager to divert the sum to an account allegedly opened in the name of one John Okoli, who was falsely presented as a representative of the company awarded the contract to renovate the health institution. This was contrary to Section 26 (1) and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act 2000.
Part of the allegations against the Commissioner was that he procured John Okoli who was his patient and Patrick Chukwu, his Personal Assistant to be signatories to the account opened in the name of the company, which is contrary to and punishable under Sections 26 and 19 of the ICPC Act 2000 and Section 473 (2) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap 28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Mr Raheem Adeshina, the prosecution counsel did not oppose the bail application moved by Chief M Erhenede and Emeka Uwake counsels to Dr. Aloh and Sam Agbo respectively.
The two accused persons were granted bail in the sum of N50 million and one surety in like sum whom must be resident within the courts` jurisdiction. The case has been adjourned to 22nd and 23rd October for hearing.
Also Chief Judge Nwankwo has fixed September 29, 2013 for the arraignment of the Provost of the College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Dr. Paul Ajah and the Bursar, Mr. Samuel Aloi by ICPC. The two senior officers of the College would be arraigned on 18 count charge bothering on conferring unfair advantage on a public officer, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act 2000.