Police arrest illiterate Medical Doctor in Lagos…declare war on unregistered pharmacists

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By Albert UBA, Investigator-in-chief

SHOCK, disbelief laced with hysteria best described the scenario that played out Monday at the expansive ground of the premises of the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters; Ikeja as an illiterate practicing medical doctor was paraded before newsmen. The suspect who claims to be a First School Leaving Certificate holder even though there was no proof of evidence on that however, gave his name as ‘Dr. Abdulrahman Mohammed’.  CrimeWorld investigation reveals that ‘Dr. Mohammed,’ who hails from Ran village in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno State could not speak a passing English language but was said to be proficient in his trade among his numerous patrons. He however, ran into troubled water recently after he allegedly gave a wrong prescription to a patient following which the Police were alerted. Meanwhile, the 39 year old FSLC accalimed holder who spoke to CrimeWorld  in broken English language , denied the allegation of ever introducing himself as a qualified medical doctor stressing that it was his numerous patients that christened him ‘Doctor’ because of expertise on the field of medicine. On why he had stethoscope, syringes and other insignias relating to medical practice in his possession if he knew he was not a qualified medical practitioner, ‘Dr Mohammed’ quipped: “Na to check blood pressure and sell merecine for my plenty customers. I  nor be qualified doctor, na people dey call me doctor, doctor, so I come dey answer the name because of the way I sabi the work. Na merecine I dey sell for Idi-Araba, nor be say I be doctor. I dey buy my merecine for Idumota market for inside Lagos before Police come arrest me.”

But parading the suspect, the Commissioner of Police CP Edgal Imohimi urged Lagosians to wary about where they buy their drugs and who they buy them from adding that he had given his men a matching order to ensure that all unregistered drug vendors and pharmacists were clamped down on.  “This is very important to Lagosians especially, as it has to do with the heath of Lagosians is this interesting case of the arrest of a fake medical doctor; a case of impersonation and we are currently working with him to ensure that all those quack areas where fake drugs are being sold and that are not registered pharmacists are clamped down immediately; I have given that instruction to all the Police units and as I speak actions have begun in earnest to that effect.  On April 14, 2018 at about 00.25hrs, detectives from ‘Area D’ Command arrest Abdulrahman Mohammed 39 years, a native Ran village in Gamboru Ngala LGA Borno State of Nigeria for operating as medical doctor at No 3, Bamishile street Idia-Araba whereas, his education stopped at Primary school according to the suspect even though there is no certificate to authenticate that claim. Further investigation into the activities of Abdulrahman Mohammed who has been impersonating as a medical doctor for the past 4 years reveals that he had been practicing as a medical doctor since 2014. He had been administering intravenous injection conducting medical tests on his patients, taking urine and blood samples from his patients. According to him, he buys his drugs from Idumota market. Exhibits recovered from him include blood pressure reading machines both manual and electronic types, syringes, drip packs both saline and sugar solutions. The suspects and others who will soon be arrested will be charged to court as soon as investigations are over.”

Some of the items including drugs recovered from ‘Dr. Mohammed’…

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