Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Calabar, Cross Rivers State has remanded the Chief Medical Director of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Prof Thomas Agan, two members of staff of the university and promoters of two companies in prison custody.
They were arraigned on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a five-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy, bid rigging, abuse of office and breach of due process contrary to the Procurement Act of 2007.
The two officials of the teaching hospital arraigned with Agan are Offor Jonan Offor, Head, Works and Engineering and Francis I. Utu, Chief Administrative Officer and Head, Legal Services.
The other accused persons are Okocha Anthony and Emmanuel Etta Nkim, both owners of Anchor Industrial & Construction Services Nigeria Limited and Basemark Energy Nigeria Limited respectively. The companies were allegedly used to perpetrate the fraud.
Agan and his co-accused were alleged to have used their positions to corruptly influence the award of the purchase of a Life Support Ambulance Vehicle and one Toyota Coaster Bus to Anchor Industrial and Construction Services Nigeria and Basemark Energy Nigeria Limited by inflating their costs and without following due procurement processes to the tune of N85.062 million thereby contravening the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007.
When the charges were read to the defendants, they all pleaded not guilty.