Group Urges EFCC To Probe Hospital Equipment Procurement During Oshiomhole’s Tenure | Independent Newspapers Nigeria


Benin – A group on the platform of Coalition of Concerned Edo Citizens has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to kick-start investigations into the alleged corruption by the Adams Oshiomhole’s administration in the construction and procurement of equipment for the Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin City, the state capital.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki had inaugurated a Commission of Inquiry led by Justice James Oyomire, into the construction of  Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment for the hospital.

Following the Commission’s findings, it indicted the immediate-past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, for breach of the state’s procurement laws in the award of 75 per cent of the contract sum upfront for the project instead of 25 per cent upfront payment upon contract award for the construction of the hospital.

At a peaceful protest on Friday to the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the group said they decided to remind the anti- graft agency to probe the circumstances that led to the alleged misappropriation of funds.

Speaking for the protesters, Teddy Osagunywenwan, said the protest is in line with the recent call to end police brutality, corruption among others.

“We were here three months ago, and we are here again in form of a protest to ask the EFCC to investigate the circumstances that led to the lost of billions of naira in the hospital project.

“They were unable to equip the hospital and through that process we lost several persons in Edo State.

“Before now, we were asked to submit a petition and we did through our lawyer but over three months now we have not been informed about the petition.

“And that is why we decided to come here to remind them to probe Oshiomhole so that he can tell us how he spent the money on the project,” he said.

Responding, the Head of Public Affairs EFCC, Williams Oseghale, said the Commission will look into the petition.

When contacted for response, spokesman to the former governor, Victor Oshioke, said he would make a formal response after reading the protesters’ demand in the press.

“I cannot react if I do not see exactly what they said. Maybe you can go to press, we will bring out a reply when we read it,” he said.

The multi-billion naira Edo Specialist Hospital is a 200-bed emergency ward that was constructed in 2016, and made open for use in 2019.




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