By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Criminal Investigation Department of the Zone XI Police Command, Osogbo has arrested a 30-year-old fake medical doctor, Rafiu Naheem.
A statement signed by, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Zone XI, Osogbo, Osun State said the suspect, a School certificate holder who could barely speak good English, and without a formal training had been operating an unregistered clinic in a one-bedroom mud apartment treating unsuspecting patients of different ailments.
According to Ajisebutu, the suspect had been placing patients on admission, and had been procuring abortions and handling very complex medical conditions which he lacks professional expertise to handle thereby endangering the lives of innocent people who patronised him.
The suspect, he said confessed to the crime but blamed his action on joblessness.
Naheem also claimed that though he had no certificate, but learned auxiliary nursing at a yet-to-be identified private hospital.
“When a search was conducted in his illegal ‘clinic’ located in a filthy environment at Inisa area, Odo Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, the following items were recovered: stethoscope, sphygmomanometer (blood pressure gauge), drips, injection and syringe, circumcision set, HCG Pregnancy Rapid Test (urine) Accurate, scalpel and other theater instruments, drips, thermometer, analgesic and assorted drugs.”
The Assistant Inspector. General of police (AIG), Zone XI, Adeleye Oyebade, mni, while appreciating the strategic partners who gave the hint that led to the arrest of the suspect, urged members of the public to be wary of quacks masquerading as medical doctors to save themselves from avoidable death.
The AIG directed that the suspect should be arraigned in court immediately without delay.