Pension Scam: EFCC Arraigns Health Provider

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned one Dr M.O. Shona of Mos-Metro Hospital, Tudunwada, Sabon Gari, Kano, before Justice Nuhu Y. Galandanci of State High Court, Kano, on one-count charge of advance fee fraud.

The accused allegedly defrauded his former employee of her pension contributions over a ten-year period.

The victim, Mrs Elizabeth Ekodi, alleged that she worked with Mos-Metro Hospital as a nurse from 2005 to 2015 during which she was enrolled by the hospital management into the compulsory contributory pension scheme with NPLC Pension Fund Administrator. She further stated that deductions were made from her salary during the period but upon the termination of her appointment, she went to her pension administrator to collect her contributions only to discover that no remittance was made into her account.

The charge reads: “That you, Dr. Michael O. Shona, and MOS-Metro Hospital Ltd, between 2009 and 2015 in Kano, with the intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N 715,800.30 from one Elizabeth Ekodi (former staff of MOS-Metro Hospital Ltd) being part of her contributory pensions scheme on the pretence that you will remit same to her Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) which pretence you knew to be false, thereby you committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

He pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

Justice Galadanci admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum. The case has been adjourned to February 24, 2016 for commencement.

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