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‘I Stole My Friend’s Certificate To Become Doctor 10 Years Ago’

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 5:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi  –  Abuja


The authorities of the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday in Abuja paraded an alleged fake medical doctor, Martins Ugwu Okpe, who has been working in the federal ministry of health for the past nine years.

He was using the name Judge Davidson Daniel.  The suspect is an indigene of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State. He graduated from secondary school in 1993. He is married with five children.

While parading the suspect, the Force Deputy Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Abayomi Shogunle, said that the suspect would be arraigned in court jurisdiction on charges of theft, impersonation and dishonestly receiving what he was not due for.  “The whole problem started when this gentleman started behaving in unprofessional conduct in which he was alleging that his other colleagues in the federal ministry of health  were conducting themselves unprofessionally which was later discovered  to be false.

“On the strength of that, the police received another petition and the workers there also petitioned the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). It was discovered that there was a doctor registered with the MDCN with the name Judge Davidson Daniel, but he was working in another hospital in Jos.

“It was not possible for somebody who is working in Jos in another hospital undergoing a residency programme to be the same person that is being employed at the federal ministry of health.

“A report was made to the police and during their findings discovered that the said Martins Ugwu Okpe never attended any medical school, but stole the medical certificate of his friend during the wedding which he used in securing employment with the federal ministry of health.”

The suspect, according to the police, was part of the medical team that was responsible for the coordination of Ebola Virus in Nigeria.

While responding to questions from journalists, the suspect admitted that he stole the certificate from his friend- Judge Davidson Daniel, when the he visited him.

“He visited me in my house in Karu in 2005 and I was to help him get a job. I picked photo copies of the credentials. I have been in the federal ministry of health since September 2006 as independent investigator. I want to state that there is a mess in the health sector. The owner of the certificate was not aware that I am using his certificate,” he confessed.

He, however, urged the federal government to critically look at the activities of the federal ministry of health, as according to him, most of the foreign funds donated to Nigeria by foreign donors were not being judiciously utilised.  The Nigeria police force, however advised Nigerians to “ensure diligence in keeping valuable documents to ensure that frivolous elements or enemies masquerading as friends as being in the case under review.”