A former Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon in the Department of Surgery, University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, Professor Martin Aghaji, was on Monday dragged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over an alleged bribe.
According to reports, Aghaji, was arraigned on a four count charge of allegedly demanding and receiving bribe in the course of his official duties, before Justice R. O. Odugu of a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
Aghaji, was said to have allegedly used his position as a Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon at UNTH Enugu, to demand a bribe of N320, 000, before he could perform a surgical operation on one late Francis Ebeogbodi, an operation he never carried out even as he received N70, 000, out of the said amount. This happened back in 2003.
Justice Odugu, said according to investigations, the accused allegedly demanded for bribe even as it is unethical for doctors in public service to demand and accept money before performing their official duties.
The charges leveled against him included administrative corruption, extortion and conferring corrupt advantages on himself, all of which violates Sections 8 and 19 and are punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted a bail of N500, 000 on self-recognition. It was later adjourned till August 20 for mention.