Police bust fake medical doctor in Lagos

Convicted medical doctor 2

An illustration of a convicted medical doctor

By Deborah Akpede

A 37-year-old fake medical practitioner practicing with forged certificates has been arrested by operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos.

The suspect who was arrested in the Ikorodu area of Lagos was paraded before journalists on on Tuesday by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of the zone, Olatoye Durosinmi.

According to Durosinmi who claimed to be the Managing Director of Skylink Medical Centre in Ikorodu was arrested based on the intelligence gathered by the command through members of Elepe community concerning his activities.

The Police AIG said he was arrested by a team of detectives, led by SP Mariam Ogunmolasuyi.

“The officers arrested the suspect, conducted a search and recovered two suspected forged certificates of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

“Also recovered were immovable hospital equipment,” he said, adding that the hospital complex had been sealed, pending the outcome of investigation.

Durosinmi said that the suspect confessed to electronic production of the certificates, as he neither obtained any degree from the university nor any certificate from MDCN.

According to him, the suspect possesses only West African School Certificate (WASC) qualification.

The police chief said that part of the suspect’s confession was that he had a total of six members, two of whom were trained nurses, while four were amateurs.

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“According to him, he worked as a Nursing Assistant at Fabo Medical Centre in Majidun area of Lagos before establishing his own hospital,” he said.

The AIG further stated that the suspect claimed that he had successfully carried out three operations: two Cesarean sections and one appendicitis – during his three years of unlawful medical practice.

He said that investigation so far revealed that the spsuect had been operating the hospital without being a qualified medical practitioner.

Durosinmi urged members of the public not to hesitate to give information to the police whenever they suspected any unlawful practice.

He said that the command was working with the ministries of health in Lagos and Ogun States to rid the zone of such criminal elements.

The suspect confessed to newsmen on the sidelines of the parade that he used to carry out general treatments and surgeries.

He said that he learnt the job for two-and-a-half years from someone before establishing his own hospital.

“I am just a secondary school certificate holder but I forged the MBBS certificate,” the suspect said.


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