Nigeria, September 2015 – Nigerian hospital suspends ‘culpable’ staff in doctors’ fraud

Two staff members from the Accounts Department of the Katsina Federal Medical Centre, Nigeria were suspended for alleged involvement in the embezzlement of doctors’ salaries.

A forensic audit of the personnel budget discovered that 8 million Nigerian Naria (approximately US$25,000) had been paid into the bank accounts of doctors that no longer worked at the health facility. When investigated it was determined that the money was not going to the doctors but other private bank accounts. When the health facility audit committee pushed for a full audit of the entire hospital, members began to receive death threats. It is believed the two suspended staff members were responsible for the death threats.