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Ex-LUTH CMD Explains ICPC’s N4m Recovery

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 8:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yinka Shokunbi –   Lagos


Immediate past Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Professor Akin Osibogun, on Tuesday described an online report that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recovered N4, 016,562.45 from him as “an embarrassing and mischievous piece of news.”

Osibogun, who spoke to Daily Independent on telephone, explained that the money was for his accumulated leave over a period, “of which I wrote the board to convert, that is, monetise and which the board duly approved.”

According to him, “I actually applied to the board that the accrued leave be monetised and the board in its wisdom, at a meeting, approved it. But then, the ICPC said that was not correct… that it was an administrative error and that I should refund the money.

“I then had two options, either to seek legal redress, since I did not just dip my hands into the coffers of the hospital, or to honour the advise, I chose to refund as directed”, Osibogun told Daily Independent.

The online publication had alleged that the said money was recovered from Osibogun, following a petition to the ICPC that the former CMD had approved and paid himself allowance in lieu of his accrued leave.

According to the publication, “In the course of investigations, the Heads of the Federal Civil Service Commission and the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission responded to inquiries by ICPC operatives and faulted this conduct, averring that the payments contravened provisions of the Public Service Rules and Financial Regulations”.

By this conduct, the former CMD allegedly committed administrative malfeasance and abused his position as a public officer.

He was therefore asked to refund the money into the Recovery Account of ICPC. This he did, following which it was reportedly returned to LUTH coffers.

Prof Osibogun, while admitting knowledge of the petition and an investigation the ICPC concluded that the board committed an error in monetizing his leave.

The Public Health Physician told Daily Independent that the publication was a deliberate attempt by some faceless person(s) to destroy his academic and public career as well as his reputation.

He said he was not going to join issues with the unidentifiable person(s) in the social media.