44 Year Old Fake Doctor Caught After 9years of Practice

Source: Nathan Nathaniel Ekpo/Nigeriafilms.com
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The long arm of the law caught up with a 44-year-old secondary school certificate holder, Martins Ugwu Okpeh, who, for over nine years had practiced as a medical doctor and collected salaries from the ministry.

Okpeh had over the years been parading himself as a medical doctor and even rose to become the chairman of a branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, until he was caught.

An anonymous petition led the police to investigate his activities and he was paraded on Tuesday by the deputy force spokesman, CSP Abayomi Shogunle.

Shogunle said investigation conducted through the records available at the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria showed that the Okpeh adopted the identity of Dr. Davidson, a true medical doctor on residency training in Jos.

Confirming his involvement, Okpeh said he actually took the certificates from his friend to join the Health Ministry in order to unearth the fraud and “mess” there as an insider.

“I never opted for clinical services to avoid damage that may occur; I went into administration and research. It is in the Health Services, Research and Statistics that all the fraud in the health sector is found.

“I have great remorse but it's my desire to save my country that pushed me into this, I have great passion for Nigeria, I participated in the Ebola mission and much more and have not even been paid,” he said.