Nigerian doctor accuses FRSC of defrauding him in multimillion naira deal

Charles George

A Nigerian doctor, who said he lost his family and became homeless after investing his entire savings in an ambitious project,  has accused the Federal Road Safety Corps, [FRSC] of defrauding him.

Charles George, 54, said the FRSC, under its then Chairman, Osita Chidoka, conned him of his intellectual property, and has refused him compensation till date, despite hijacking his idea.

The project to collate medical details of commercial drivers in Nigeria and make them available online for easy access by licencing authorities, was initiated by Mr. George, who made efforts to partner with the FRSC.

If implemented, the project would ensure sensitive private data of millions of drivers are readily retrievable for driving licence eligibility assessment.

The plan would allow the FRSC levy all motorists for the service, potentially raising billions of naira in returns with a percentage paid to Mr. George.

But after the road safety office agreed to work with Mr. George on the lucrative deal, the corps suddenly backtracked and annulled the contract shortly before it was rolled out, and after it had been kicked off officially.

Despite the suspension , the corps pushed on with the project without any compensation to the originator of the idea, Mr. George said.

Osita Chidoka
Osita Chidoka

Mr. Chidoka confirmed the deal between the doctor and the FRSC, but said it was Mr. George who should be blamed for the botched contract.

He said the FRSC pulled out after Mr. George insisted on storing the sourced medical data on his personal computer server and not government’s.

Mr. George denies that claim, saying the reverse was rather the case.

He said trouble actually began after the former FRSC asked him to host the data on his preferred private server.

No document or recording proves whose claim is right. But Mr. Chidoka and his former agency did not explain why the corps, at any rate, has failed to compensate Mr. George for his idea when it continued with the project. He claimed the project “belonged” to the FRSC.

The FRSC has refused to allow Mr. George be part of the contract and has refused to pay him for the idea despite the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, who described the FRSC’s action as an “injustice”.

The murky case appears to show how government officials often take advantage of poorly-framed contracts to edge out their initiators from lucrative projects intended to boost the services of government agencies, says Samuel Ogala, a lawyer.

As a medical doctor for several years, Charles George now lives as a squatter in Abuja, unable to rent an apartment. His wife left after the deal flopped and the family struggled to feed. Mr. George said he invested over N200 million in the deal.

On a recent rainy afternoon, while speaking to a PREMIUM TIMES reporter, he rang his wife’s phone severally without an answer. It was his 46th unanswered call in 12 days.

“You see. That’s what I am telling you. She doesn’t pick my calls anymore. She called me two weeks ago to say she was moving back to her father’s house. My wife and kids have left me,” Mr. George said blinking repeatedly to hold back tears.

The partnership with the FRSC was to allow for the evaluation of the physical and mental health of commercial drivers before they obtain driving licences.

The idea came in 2008 after Mr. George suggested to the then Yar’Adua administration that it could help address the high rate of road accidents in Nigeria. It was to be called Medical Certification of Commercial Drivers, MCCD.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in September 2011.

The project was about to hit the streets one year later when, according to Mr. George,  Mr. Chidoka allegedly made an unusual demand at one of their meetings.

“He asked us to host the project website with all the screened drivers’ medical data on his preferred private server – SW Global LTD,” Mr. George said. “We refused citing medico-legal issues of patient-doctor confidentiality. When he insisted, we asked him to write us a letter stating his request. He refused.”

That decision, Mr. George said, effectively ended the business plan.

Thirty days later, the contract was terminated and the MOU he had with the government declared invalid. No reason was given for the termination of the MOU.

Mr. Chidoka admitted cancelling the contract with Mr. George’s company but denied asking that the medical data he would collect for the project be hosted on a private server.

“The project is ours, it’s not his. The data is ours,” Mr. Chidoka said. “Who is he (Mr. George or his company, ACL) in the scheme of things to host the data?”

Mr. Chidoka said he had demanded that the data be hosted on a government server linked to Nigeria’s driving licence system.

“What we were telling him was that he wanted to take away the data of Nigerians who came for medical testing. I said no! You are a private company, you have to host it on a government domain connected to the drivers licence server,” Mr. Chidoka said.

“If he was not an illiterate, he won’t say that a private company would hold the data of people who come to a government agency for a service,” Mr. Chidoka added.

Some top officials of the FRSC who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES about this project gave divergent explanations for the cancellation of the MOU.

While some claimed they had no explanation for the cancellation, others explained that it was cancelled because Mr. George’s company, ACL, was not a “government hospital.”

“He should go to court if he feels his right was abused,” Chidi Nwachukwu, FRSC legal adviser, who signed the termination of the MOU, counselled.

No Family, No Justice

Mr. George claims he spent over N200 million acquiring infrastructure and establishing testing centres in 36 states across Nigeria, in addition to the capital city, Abuja.

“I have spent all my savings, sold my assets and took money from people to kick-start this project,” he said.

He said his Lagos landlord threw him out early 2014 after he failed to pay rents for two years.

“This thing has ruined my life,” he said. “I have no home. My wife has abandoned me. I have no family anymore.”

In November 2013 when the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Adoke, demanded a documented explanation for the termination of the MOU from the FRSC, the corps responded through its Legal Adviser, Wole Olaniran, saying it was simply “not disposed” to working with Mr. Charles’ company on the project.

The justice minister wrote back, in a memo dated 21 November 2013, where he declared the actions of the FRSC boss contrary to the principles of “natural Justice, equity and fairness”.

In that memo, the minister, Mr. Adoke, advised the FRSC to rescind the termination of the MOU or negotiate with Mr. George a suitable compensation package to settle all the incurred cost on the project.

The FRSC ignored the Justice Minister’s recommendations.

The new Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, told PREMIUM TIMES he has not been briefed about the failed contract since taking office in June.

Mr. Oyeyemi was the Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of the Corps’ operations department in the years the FRSC signed and terminated the MOU with Mr. George’s company. But he claims he does not know anything about that MOU.

Mr. George’s hope for justice now lies with a lawsuit prepared by Femi Falana, a senior lawyer and rights activist. The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators has also weighed into the matter.


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  • I did not read the entire article but I admit this is an easy case. I feel sorry for Dr. George for his current travails. This is one of the many reasons why we should all be cautious in all our business decisions and partnerships. I live in the US and I have several business ideas to bring home to Nigeria. I understand, I must come up with upfront capital to do business in Nigeria, deposited in some peoples account. That was the last time I spoke with these contacts in Nigeria.

    Back to Dr. George. Please go straight to court and sue this man Chidoka and FRSC (Federal Road Safety Corps) with the Nigerian Federal Government as defendant; because Chidoka was and is an employee of Nigerian Government. That makes Nigerian Government culpable and liable for Chidoka’s nefarious activities.

    Ensure that your demanded damages are a least 20 billions dollars (dollars and not Naira) for stolen intellectual property and mental anguish. Although this crime is committed in Nigeria we would assist you in banning Mr Chidoka from stepping his foot in the USA and other EU Countries for his crimes against hones Nigerians like you and his crimes against Nigerians by proxy. We will also advocate for the blacklisting Nigeria from the International business community for its poor and insensitive policies of protection for innovations and ideas by credible and patriotic Nigerians like you.

    Contact us at Disqus profile: George_USA

    • Jude Nwokolo

      o Jude Nwokolo George_USA • a few seconds ago
      What I expected to read was that the former FRSC boss , Osita Chidoka made a financial demand from Dr. George for personal gain but that is no where in this article. What Dr. George and the FRSC had was an MOU, as such, any party can withdraw from the transaction at any time. The claim by Dr. George that he invested 200 million is bogus for the simple fact he did not state how much he intended to earn as return on such huge investment and at whose expense, perhaps the Nigerian public. Simply put, this is just an anticipated deal that went bad even before it commenced. If I may ask, does Dr. George have any intellectual property right on this? Again, what is so unique about collation of medical data of drivers that merits any form of special rights and did FRSC encourage him to invest on such? The good news here is that the FRSC Management did not engage in any financial fraud and it is implementing a global practice that will help save lives. In as much as Dr. George should be commended for seemingly introducing such a project, he should also learn to rely more on God for his blessings especially on a project that will best humanity.
      Jude Nwokolo
      PATVORA initiative, a road safety NGO

      • Please lets rally around this man that was patriotic enough to invest his time and resources on this idea. Although Dr. George may not have closed all the legal loopholes to protect his ideas; the truth is that in Nigeria, you cannot do enough to prevent exploitation and pillaging of the citizens by the selfish and corrupt people in and out of the government.
        What stops this FRSC man from doing the needful regardless of the contract or its absence thereof. This explains why brilliant Nigerians will continue to avoid Nigeria in its socio-economic struggles. Mere commendation will not cut it.

  • Son Of Naija

    There are a plethora of cases similar to this in the business and public partnership circles in Nigeria, and it happens on a state and Federal level. Intellectual property is not recognized in Nigeria, neither are contracts and court judgments. Mr George is lucky that the FRSC admitted to even dealing with him and giving him credit with regards to the idea. The case is clear cut , only a corrupt judge will look the other way in providing this enterprising man some relief. Innovative ideas should be encouraged. If the FRSC had an issue with regards to Data storage they should have simply demanded the contract be renegotiated.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    This looks a murky case to me. The first question is: was there really a valid contract between Dr George and the FRSC? So many things had remained unsorted. For example, the hosting rights for data were still outstanding; and this is one of the terms that must have to go into the contract. And this term cannot be wished away since it was one of the terms that should be at the heart of the contract, in any case. In my view, what had happened between Dr George and the FRSC was only negotiation that usually takes place before an agreement is reached on all fronts. It is only when such agreement occurs that its consummation will be in the signing of a contract. Since such had not happened, there was no valid contract between Dr George and the FRSC. And this brings me to a second sticky point: why did Dr George go ahead to act as if he was on a contract?

    Dr. George claimed he had spent 200 million naira acquiring materials for the execution of the contract! What contract was he talking about here? When he had not signed a valid contract with the FRSC, why must he go ahead to spend such money? On the basis of this he cannot hold the FRSC responsible for any loss incurred here since nothing holds the FRSC to any responsibility on that account. It is quite unfortunate that this murky scenario had played out but I don’t see why Dr. George plunged himself into such uncertainties. Dr George could claim that he spent the money in expectation of a contract or that he spent it on account of the MOU. Again, the latter is not a contract. A contract must be a contract and must not assume any other appellation. But as we see, the MOU did not cover all agreed terms; an MOU is not enforceable, is not legally binding.

    if the story has detailed the facts of this case, I doubt if any court would award any damages to Dr George. He was not adequately advised throughout the encounters with the FRSC.

    • Let’s rally around this brilliant and innovative Nigerian and stop making excuses for the entrenched corruption in Nigeria. Regardless of the legal contract or its absence thereof, Nigerians with such brilliant mind should be supported by all levels of the government. This man, Chidoka has gone on to be a minister after showcasing his achievements at FRSC, without crediting those that propped him up. Dr. George must explore all his legal options to seek justice. Federal Republic of Nigeria must be listed as a defendant in all the litigations for their culpability and liability as the employer of this shameless man. Punitive damages should not be less than 20 billions dollars. We are solidly behind this poor man (Dr. George).

    • This is still begging the issue in defense of corruption in Nigeria. Contract or no contract; MOU or no MOU; was there any business relationship between thee two parties? The personal time, energy and resources expended on this project by Dr. George can not be quantified in terms of financial capital. Only him knows what the cost is to him and only him can make a claim to such. Our culture of corruption and fleecing of our brilliant minds is again playing out right beneath our nose.
      We know for a fact that Dr. George may never get justice in Nigeria We will take this matter outside Nigeria to reputable prosecutors in the USA and EU who could make a case of this blatant violation of an innocent and good hearted Nigerian.
      Blaming Dr. George for failure to obtain a contract is irrelevant. I empathize with him for his too trusting of a corrupt system that seeks only to exploit and pillage the citizenry. The outcome of which has left the entire nation in a sordid economic and moral abyss.

      We will like to see Dr. George filed a suit naming Chidoka, FRSC and the Federal Government of Nigeria as defendants, seeking 20 billions dollars in punitive damages.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        And you think the EU or the US would take up such a case? I wonder when Nigeria has become an appendage or colony of the EU or the US. Nigeria is a sovereign nation and part of what makes it sovereign are the laws and its judiciary and ditto in every other country. It does not really matter whether we like or don’t like Nigeria; it doesn’t really matter if Nigeria is full of corruption. The fact of its sovereignty is not negotiable. And so the US or the EU cannot begin to direct affairs in Nigeria, no matter the circumstance. I wonder why you think obtaining a ‘contract is irrelevant’? If anybody is to take this matter to court, the court would have a basis on which to adjudicate the matter; and from the facts of the case, the relevant law would be based on contract. You see, the law does not suffer emotions, not even morality. Law and morality are not the same. The law looks at matters purely on the basis of law; and that’s what every law and its judiciary look at anywhere in the world. So nobody should even think that a US court would dwell on emotions should this matter be brought before it (which is not even possible as stated above).

        Again, it is unfortunate that this has happened to Dr. George. But, as I stated earlier, he did not have adequate advice during his encounters with the FRSC. He appeared to have moved much faster than the course of the contract negotiations.

        • I agreed with most of the facts you stated. But the last time I checked, US and EU assisted us to recoup some of ABACHA loot from our treasury. While the chances are remote, it can be done. Remember that injustice done to one Nigerian is an injustice done to all Nigerians. What ABACHA and other deep throat looters did to Nigeria is no different from what this Chiboka did to this man. Talking about contract or not is not my concern. Was there any dealings between these 2 people or not?. Are there witnesses to attest to all the facts? That is enough for me. The exploitation of this poor man on technicality may seems ironclad, trust me when it comes to delivering justice to common man, there is no boundary (national or international). It is only in Nigeria that OBJ could get away from his conspiracy with Haliburton. It is only in Nigeria that Obori almost got away from his loots. All we are saying is that we need to expose this man, Chidoka, unless he makes peace with this poor man. We will like justice served in this case; if it entails exposing the travails of this man to the outside world.

          Meanwhile, we will be exploring all legal options to support Dr. George. Until, Chiboka does the needful.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            Yea, good that you mentioned the assistance given to Nigeria to recover looted funds from Nigeria, with Abacha as your example; and probably others not mentioned. You see this citation is not quite apropo to the present case. In the case of the looted funds mentioned this falls under the international laws that concern corruptly acquired monies and money laundering (please check out the provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption). Some of the highlights of this law are the prevention of corruption in all nations and asset recovery on behalf of nations that have been duped by their leaders. Furthermore, there are many extant international laws against money laundering under which Ibori was convicted in the UK. Signatories to these Conventions integrate their provisions into their national laws. And so Abacha’s loots which sat in many foreign banks became amenable for adjudication since the holding banks were under the particular nation’s jurisdiction. So, in summary, your example falls under particular international laws that permit any country to adjudicate on stolen or questionable monies under their jurisdiction.

            But in the case we are talking about, there has not been any proven case of corruption on any party to the dispute, let alone talking about its international connotation. You have always asserted repeatedly that the main thing in question was the fact that there was a dealing between both parties. That has never been in doubt, otherwise the story would not have come up in the first place. However, it is this dealing you are constantly harping upon that gravitates towards a legal principle that embodies contract. And therefore, whatever way one looks at it, the operative law in question would be contract law. Accordingly, the first question that would arise on litigation would be to determine whether there was a contract at all between the parties. If established then Dr George would draw upon it to ask for damages. Normally, there must be a legal principle on which a person would rely upon to ask for remedy.

          • Thank you for this conversation. You talk about International laws and Conventions that basically protect poor nations and their citizens from their deep throat and corrupt leaders. Maybe, just maybe, this is our time to draw attention to this wanton exploitation of helpless but patriotic Nigerians. Making cases for these kind of heartless treatment of this noble Nigerian is embracing the same individual recklessness that has subverted our nation for many decades. The same recklessness that doesn’t promote leadership and individual accountability and public service.
            The prosecutors that may help this man, Dr George are mostly Nigerian legal minds in Diaspora and few Americans. At the least, we can expose this man, Chidoka to the outside world, for what he truly is. A dishonorable man that doesn’t give a damn to respectable and patriotic Nigerians like Dr. George.
            We only need people in Nigerian public offices that respect Nigerians and that encourage Nigerians contributions to our nation building.
            Let this man, Chidoka be honorable enough and settle this man and stop hiding behind legal technicalities.
            We are watching this development.

    • daddydon

      This man tsunami1earthquake or Mr. Lawyer or should i call u baby lawyer. Have you heard of the doctrine of Promisory Estoppel? Please read about that. Everything else is Res Ipsa Loquitor.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        Mr Adult Lawyer, you have not made any point. Make your point on what
        you have mentioned; no need telling me to go and read up something! You speak or write dismissively as if you think your view is the
        final of everything; and if you are really a lawyer you must know that
        lawyers don’t argue that way. Make your point and let the world hear
        you. Pure and simple!

      • tsunami1earthquake

        And quoting res ipsa loquitor (sic) to me is what I don’t really get. Are you implying that what you have said should speak for itself or something? Lawyers like you could be funny at times!

  • DanYaro

    Why would someone collect confidential medical data on unsuspecting Nigerians in the first place to validate issuance elf licences. I this does not smack of deliberate discrimination, then someone needs to tell me I am wrong. The FRSC and this guy should be sued for invasion of privacy of the millions of drivers that they have captured their personal medical data without their consent, or permission on how the data will be used. It is only in Nigeria that citizen’s rights are trampled upon with impunity. Serves all of them right!

  • robo

    Can these please tell the truth about what led to the cancellation? It smells like it is more than where to host the data. Did they not discuss such a vital component of the project before the MOU was signed? Nna what is happening?

  • sammyctu ode

    My advice to anybody – Beware of dealing with Nigerian government and her MDAs. Corruption is our cancer and I hope it won’t totally consume us especially under the present corrupt government. When a president of a country said ”I don’t give a damn” about declaring his assests, what do you think his followers will do?