43-year-old Opeyemi Adesina was arrested on Tuesday by the police for allegedly disguising as a consultant gynaecologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
Adesina, who confessed to the crime upon being caught, said he paid N100,000 to buy seven forged certificates he used.
His arrest came about when his landlord, Akorede, sent a distress call to the management of the medical institution weeks ago, stating that a member of their staff who is also his tenant (Adesina) brought home female patients to treat in his house and did abortions for them, among other atrocities, which could implicate him (the landlord).
LUTH authorities in turn could not find such name in the record of their consultants and then forwarded the letter to the police, who in turn arrested Adesina.
In a confessional statement, Adesina claimed the certificates included a fake MBBS certificate from the University of Ibadan, and a fake membership certificate of the Nigerian Medical Association- which he’d been using for three years.
He said: “I bought the certificates from Kolawole in Ibadan. That was three years ago. I bought them from him for N100,000. He printed the seven certificates.”
“I do not know where he stays. We did not meet in any specific location. We usually met at fast food joints or any agreed place. For instance, it was at Agodi Gate area that I gave him the money and got the certificates. I decided to use another name on the certificates.”
“I forged them because I dropped out of the university. I was actually studying Medicine. However, I dropped out in the 500 level due to financial reasons.”
“I married my wife about five years ago. She thought I was a certified doctor. She actually came to me for treatment in the Ketu area and that was how we met. We have a child. Three years ago, I decided to get the certificates just to cover up for the failure to finish my university education.”
“It is not true that I brought women to treat at home. The truth of the matter is that I have a laboratory and the women came there. I usually did tests for them and by the time the test results were out, I would ask them to visit a hospital for treatment.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was over.
“Upon a written petition from the management of LUTH, Idi-Araba, the suspect was arrested for falsely practising as a medical doctor and consultant gynaecologist. He confessed to have been in the practice for three years, and seven certificates were recovered from him. He will be charged to court soon.”