Nigerian Corruption Watchdog Set to Probe Alleged Fraud in Global Fund Grants

Specimen test tubes to detect malarial parasites. Nigeria could reportedly lose millions of dollars in grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria due to reports of possible fraud. Photo by: Guy Oliver / IRIN

Nigeria could reportedly lose millions of dollars worth of grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the country’s corruption watchdog begins its investigation into reports of possible fraud involving grants received by Nigerian groups from the global organization.

Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offenses Commission is set to probe, prosecute and charge officials who may have been involved in the alleged fraud, which was discovered by the Global Fund’s inspector general in 2010, Business Day reports. The newspaper notes that the Global Fund may freeze or terminate its grants for Nigeria and local organizations because of the alleged fraud, which involves some $474.52 million worth of grants.

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