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Ex NHIS Boss, THOMAS DECRIES TRIAL IN THE MEDIA: Denies involvement in ghost enrolees racket in NHIS

Dr. Thomas
Dr. Thomas
A monumental fraud discovered at the National Health Insurance Scheme is becoming an interesting scenerio. This is because of new revelations which may put the present management into integrity test as to their involvement in the enrollee fraud scheme. In the light of this the former Executive Secretary/CEO of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas, has dismissed reports that he was involved in enrolling ghost enrolees in the scheme leading to a fraud of N327m.
Thomas was reacting to a recent reports carried by some national publications of Tuesday 17th March 2016, credited to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commis5[sion where he was alleged to have been involved in the “systematic creation and manifestation of ghost enrollees in the scheme at a staggering cost of N327 million.”
Thomas said the alleged enrolment of ghost enrolees happened well before he assumed office. Speaking to journalists yesterday in Lagos, the former NHIS boss said the fresh allegation was a clear evidence of the desperation of his enemies to pull him down.
He described the incessant negative media campaign against him as unhealthy. Explaining that this has led to trial via the media, decrying a situation when a national anti-corruption agency first engages in a massive media campaign preparatory to charging him to court, in effect denting his image even before any charges have been made.
“This fresh allegation is a clear evidence of the desperation by my enemies to nail me and pull me down at all costs. I resumed as Executive Secretary in November 2013 long after the purported ghost enrollees scheme was conceived and or executed, if indeed it was. So how can I be held responsible for a crime committed when I was not yet in office?”
“On the contrary, I was the one who asked for the repatriation of overpayment to HMOs when I resumed. I also carried out an integrity check probe of HMOs which resulted in the sack of some HMOs in 2014. How can I scale through the hurdle if I had compromised by collaborating with HMOs on a fraudulent matter? Are you aware that some HMOs brought money to me and I chased them out? Let us check our facts”
Dr Thomas insists that his life is not safe anymore as his personal security aide was shot dead in cold blood in his very presence by agents of the state in a bid to arrest him, despite the fact that he did not resist till date. Nothing has come out in form of a credible investigation on that murder case and no compensation has been made to the family. He however says he is ready to continue to robustly defend his hard earned reputation and is confident that he would emerge unscathed.

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