In a shocking turn of events, Mokuolu Oluwakayode Samuel, a 45-year-old Administrative Officer at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has been arraigned before Justice Mahmoud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin. The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought two charges against Samuel, accusing him of fraudulent conversion of funds amounting to approximately Eight Million Naira.
During the court proceedings on Monday, May 22, Samuel pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against him. In response, the prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Adebayo, requested that the court fix a trial date, allowing the prosecution to present evidence and substantiate their case. Adebayo also sought the remand of Samuel in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
After careful consideration of the arguments presented by both sides, Justice Abdulgafar granted the prosecution’s request and ordered the defendant, Samuel, to be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service. The case has been adjourned until May 30, 2023, for further proceedings and hearing.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, one of Nigeria’s prominent medical institutions, was rocked by this alleged fraudulent incident. Samuel’s role as an Administrative Officer granted him access to financial resources within the institution. The EFCC’s investigation, which led to the charges, revealed a purported misappropriation of funds totaling Eight Million Naira.
The charges brought against Samuel highlight the grave consequences of fraudulent activities, particularly within educational and healthcare institutions. Such actions not only compromise the financial stability of these organizations but also hinder their ability to provide essential services to the public.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has expressed its commitment to assisting the EFCC in their investigations and ensuring that the case is thoroughly pursued. They emphasize their dedication to transparency, accountability, and maintaining the trust of both the public and their patients.
As the case proceeds, stakeholders eagerly await further developments and anticipate the court’s decision on the matter. The outcome of this trial will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for both the accused and the reputation of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.