An orderly at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), Mr. Thomas Kumberi who is alleged to be the prime suspect in the ongoing investigations into the nearly Ghana cedis 70,000 theft scandal has implicated the acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Akolibila in the case, reports said.
Reports said Mr. Kumberi somehow managed to convince a number of top management at TTH and sold stolen items which had been locked in a container for almost two years.
The suspect and his accomplices, reports said, thought authorities had forgotten entirely about the container and therefore began pilfering medical equipment meant for the Infectious Disease Treatment Center (IDTC). The equipment was donated to the hospital by a South Korean International Cooperation Aid agency (KOICA).
As investigation of the theft intensified, the names of top hospital officials suspected of involvement began popping up, reports said. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, eight (8) persons alleged to have played various roles in the disappearance of the equipment will appear before a Tamale high court on February, 27th.
Many city residents were shocked by the scandal and the huge amount, Ghana cedis 70,000 involved and questioned if management was on top of issues protecting the hospital’s equipment.
The Bureau of National Investigations which has been investigating the case has so far questioned seven staff members of the hospital and a shareholder of a private clinic, Universal Health Clinic.
Mr. Kumberi reportedly sold stolen brand new beds from the TTH without embossments to a number of private clinics within the Tamale metropolis and to some surgical shops.
To conceal the theft, Mr. Kumberi is reported to told his unsuspecting clients that his supplier was based in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region and that they are carrying out reduction sales to get rid of old goods to pave the way for new ones, a shareholder of Universal Health Clinic said.
Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, whose name appeared in several media reports for mischievous reasons, told Zaa News he personally handed over the suspect to the police for selling stolen items to his colleague at the clinic.
“The Clinic is under Universal Services Company Limited and I am just one of the shareholders with 20% shares," Dr Ibrahim explained.
Dr Ibrahim, who heads the pathology department at the TTH, explained that he was taken aback when a series of media reports focused on him as the brain behind the theft when the suspect mentioned several private clinics, including the current acting chief executive, Dr Kolbila’s own clinic, among private clinics that purchased the items.
The police are yet to make public if all the stolen items have been retrieved and from whose hospital.
Zaa News’ sources within TTH reveal that the report of a five member committee, headed by the Internal Auditor cited the acting CEO as among those Mr. Kumberi sold the items to.
Our checks revealed that the report is only one hard copy and the way and manner in which the said copy is being kept is akin to stashing cash in a bank safe.
The report should be of immense interest to police investigators who are anxious to unravel the mystery surrounding the missing items that were locked in a container.