Two lovers, Tunde Ogunseye and Funmilayo Oyelaja, have been arrested
for allegedly hacking into the federal government’s National Health
Insurance Scheme (NHIS) account and stealing N60 million from it.
The suspects, who had been on the police wanted list, were said to
have fled to Ghana when the lid was blown on their act.
The police alleged that Oyelaja took advantage of being an employee of
Clearline International Limited, a health maintenance organization
(HMO) based in Lagos, to hack into the account.
At the Lagos police headquarters, Ikeja, where the two suspects were
paraded on Wednesday, Oyelaja, a mother of two, told journalists, “I
worked with Clearline International Limited from 2014 to early 2019.
"What we do there is that we act as the middleman between the NHIS and
hospitals. When the NHIS gives us money to pay hospitals, we would not
spend all that was given to us and would not refund the excess to the
Ogunseye, denied any involvement in the crime, though he admitted he
knew about the alleged fraud.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, who paraded the
suspects, said they would soon be charged to court.