AUTHORITY STEALING: How health ministry paid ₦2.4 billion into private accounts

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Not less than N2.4 billion was paid into the private accounts of 25 staff members of the health ministry in four months, Leakblast reviews of the data from the open treasury portal (OTP) have shown.

The amount (2,400,759,805.90) was paid in tranches by the nation’s health headquarters in the last quarter of 2019 – September to December. The health ministry won’t explain why the illegal disbursements were made. It has failed to respond to an inquiry by this newspaper.

A little more than N2 billion, or 86 per cent, went to the accounts of five of the 25 personnel identified to have received payments during the months under review.

They include Bulam Sadiq Abubakar, Musa Adamu Musa, Ajiji Barde Yusuf, Adama Mohammed Danladi, Mohammed Badeggi, Mohammed. In that order, they each received the highest amounts of payments.

Mr Bulam alone got roughly 28 per cent of the amount, which is a little more than N671 million, paid in 83 tranches in four months.

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On his part, Mr Musa was paid about N471.5 million in the spread of 28 tranches.

Likewise, Mr Ajiji received about N392.4 million in 68 tranches; Mr Adama, N355.9 million paid in 110 instalments; and Mr Mohammed, N175 million paid over 30 transfers.

The balance of over N400 million was shared among 20 other staff, with the least paid persons taking home more than N5 million. Onoja Oche George received more than N5.9 million, and Idris Abdullahi was paid approximately N5.4 million.

Leakblast, in an FOI request acknowledged by the health ministry October 28, asked for details of these personnel, but has received no response till date.

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