The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned before the High Court of Ebonyi State Dr. Henry Aloh, a former Commissioner for Health, in connection with an alleged N79 million contract scam.
Docked alongside Aloh was Sam Agbo, a manager of one of the branches of Intercontinental Bank Plc (now Access Bank), in the State.
According to a statement by Folu Olamiti, ICPC’s Head of Media, the offences were committed in 2005 when the Ebonyi State Government awarded a contract for the renovation and construction of Amasari General Hospital for N79 million.
Aloh is alleged to have conspired with Mr. Agbo to divert the sum to an account 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.
The ICPC further alleges that Aloh procured Okoli, who was his patient, and Patrick Chukwu, his Personal Assistant, to be signatories to the account opened in the name of the company.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice A.N Nwankwo, presiding, granted bail to the two men in the sum of N50 million and one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case to October 22 and 23 for hearing.
In another case, Chief Judge Nwankwo fixed September 29 for the ICPC’s arraignment of the Provost of the College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Dr. Paul Ajah and the Bursar, Mr. Samuel Aloi. The two senior officers of the College face an 18-count charge of conferring unfair advantage on a public officer, contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act 2000.