CONSULTANT SURGEON CHARGED TO COURT BY ICPC FOR SOLICITING BRIBE BEFORE PERFORMING OPERATION ON PATIENT

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned Martin Aghaji, a former Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon in the Department of Surgery, University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu,on a four count charge of demanding and receiving gratification in the course of his official duties.
The charges bordered on administrative corruption, extortion and conferring corrupt advantages on himself, which the ICPC says violate Sections 8 and 19 and are punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Mr. Aghaji had sometime in 2003, while being a public officer used his position as a Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon at UNTH Enugu, to demand for N320, 000 and received N70, 000, before he could carry out a surgical operation on one late Francis Ebeogbodi, which he never did before the patient passed on.
The ICPC said although it was unethical for doctors in public service to demand and accept money before performing their official duties, the accused allegedly did so.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty and was granted bail on self-recognition.
Meanwhile, one Sunny Omokhagbor was sentenced to three years imprisonment for cheating and false pretence.
The sentenced was passed by a Federal High court sitting in Abuja.
The accused was dragged to court by the ICPC for contravening Section 320 (a) and (b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code.

Part of the charge brought against Mr. Omokhagbor was that he fraudulently induced one Adira Akison to deliver the sum of N200,000 to him as part payment for the purchase of a car from Germany whereas he did not import cars, thereby breaching the agreement.
A summary of the other counts were to the effect that the accused person also induced one Joseph Oba Iyatse to part with N200,000 to help him secure a German visa.
The prosecution witnesses were able to establish a prima facie case of cheating as alleged in the charge brought against Mr. Omokhagbor, the court said.
The accused also admitted committing the crimes in his voluntary statement to the ICPC which were tendered in court.
Justice Folashade Ojo therefore sentenced the accused to three years imprisonment with an option of N100, 000 fine.

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