A 43-year-old fake medical doctor, who was arrested by the Lagos state Police Command with seven forged certificates, has confessed to the crime, saying he paid N100, 000 to purchase the certificates.
Mr Opeyemi Adesina was apprehended on Tuesday, January 19, by the police at the Alakara area of the state for allegedly disguising as a consultant gynaecologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
Adesina, who hails from Ekiti State, was arrested after 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).
It was learnt that the authorities of LUTH, who in turn could not find his name in the record of their consultants, forwarded the letter to the police, and Adesina was thereafter taken into custody.
While confessing in a 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.