For Selling Free Healthcare Drugs… 7 Arrested


Seven pharmacists at the Connaught Hospital were past Thursday arrested and detained at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters for allegedly selling drugs meant for the free healthcare scheme.

This latest discovery was reportedly unearthed by the recently disbanded Economic Crime and Anti-Fraud Unit (ECAFU) which acted on a tipoff. According to report, officials of ECAFU acted upon intelligence and stormed the hospital to buy the drugs themselves when they discovered the shady deal and invited the police to effect arrest.

It could be recalled that the said Unit had unearthed series of shady deals including one that saw the impounding of anti-malaria drugs donated by Global Fund at Magazine Wharf which was about to be smuggled to neighbouring Guinea, the money laundering saga at the Lungi International Airport, the smuggling of timber logs from  Kamakwe to neighbouring Liberia, among others.

It could also be recalled that State House has recently disbanded the said Unit which is seen as a duplication of the functions of the lame duck Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other security apparatus.

Meanwhile, members of the public who have been following the work of ECAFU have frowned at government decision to disband it owing to the fact that it has, in a short span, unearthed a number of corrupt activities countrywide.

“They are far more effective than the Financial Intelligence Unit. The government should either reinstate ECAFU with specific functions or have its officials incorporated into the FIU in order boost its operations,” said a concerned citizen.