NHIS constitutes Management Committee over alleged hacked account

September 30th, 2019

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.

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