By Hassan Zaggi
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has constituted a Management Committee to unravel the circumstances that led to the hacking of the account of a Lagos-based Health Management Organisations (HMO),- Clearline International Limited.
It would be recalled that few days ago, two persons, Tunde Ogunseye and Funmiayo Oyelaja, were arrested for allegedly hacking into the NHIS account and carted away N60 million.
The two were paraded at the Lagos Police Headquarters, Ikeja, where one of the suspects, Oyelaja who was said to be a staff of the HMO took advantage of being an insider to hack into the account.
While responding to questions from journalists at the Lagos Police Headquarters, Oyelaja said: “I worked with Clearline International Limited from 2014 to early 2019. What we do there is that we act as the middlemen between the NHIS and the hospitals. When the NHIS gives us money to pay hospitals, we would not spend all that was given to us and would not refund the excess to the NHIS purse.”
However, in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, the NHIS denied that its account was not hacked.
A statement signed by the Spokesman of the NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, clarified that: “NHIS has no account anywhere else outside the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). It is therefore not possible, or true, that the perpetrators of this heinous crime hacked into the account of NHIS in this act.
“In the spirit of the Scheme’s ongoing rebranding reforms, of which transparency and accountability are a major factors, a Management Committee has been constituted to ascertain the veracity of the allegation, the actual sum involved and the circumstances that facilitated the commission of the crime, among other terms of reference.”
The NHIS, however, assured stakeholders and indeed, all Nigerians, that it would not tolerate any breach of trust or guidelines under its operations.
He reiterated that the NHIS remains committed to its ongoing reforms aimed at repositioning the agency as a result-oriented and socially-responsible public institution.