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ALLEGED $2.1M FRAUD: Court dismisses ex-NHIS chief’s no-case submission

Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday dismissed the no-case submission filed by a former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the ex-NHIS alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a Bureau De Change operator, for alleged $2.2million fraud.

In his ruling on the application, Justice Faji, said the prosecution had established a prima facie case against Thomas and asked him to enter his defence.

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He said: “The testimonies of the first prosecution witness suggests that the first defendant gave the sum of $2.198m to him to change into naira through his wife, as the evidence showed that the transactions in counts four and five of the charge sheet did not pass through a financial institution. More so, the amount involved is beyond N5million obtainable by law and I, therefore, hold that the defendant has a case to answer.”

The judge adjourned the case till March 30 for the defendant to open his defence.

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