The State Security Service (SSS) in Adamawa State has confirmed the arrest of a fake doctor who was employed five years ago by the state’s Health Services Management Board at Fufore cottage hospitals.
The suspect, identified as Ibrahim Mustapha, is believed to have secured his employment using forged documents. He had ‘served’ the state for about five years as Principal Medical Officer (PMO) at Mayo-Belwa and Fufore cottage hospitals.
Parading the suspect before journalists on Thursday, the state director of the SSS, Bola Olori, said a preliminary investigation revealed that Mr Mustapha holds a National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) certificate.
“He perfected the illicit act in Gombe where he worked as a ward attendant in several clinics. He was aided by a practising doctor who gave him sample copies of his NECO result, MBBS of Bayero University Kano, NYSC discharge certificate and that of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria annual registration license, all of which he forged.
“The suspect, subsequently, gained employment in the Adamawa State Health Management Board in October 2015 as a doctor and rose to the post of Principal Medical Officer (PMO), serving at the cottage hospitals in Mayo Belwa and Fufore.
“Prior to his arrest, the suspect had, in the last five years, performed hundreds of surgical operations in several hospitals,” said Mr Olori.
While the suspect and his alleged accomplice were taken to custody, the SSS boss assured that they will be prosecuted after the investigations are finished.
He called on the public to be vigilant.
“The service strongly condemns this dastardly act, and urges unsuspecting members of the public to be wary of the merchants of death,” he said.
The Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, in a briefing at the Council Chamber of the Government House, Yola, on Wednesday, disclosed that the fake doctor may have killed 15 people through unprofessional surgeries at the cottage hospitals.
The governor, who expressed dismay over the occurrence, said his administration will soon set up a committee to fish out fake medical doctors in the state with a view to bringing them to book and sanitising the health sector.