A 40-year-old man, Adeyemi Stephen Akintolure, who claimed to be a staff of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, with card No. 13541, identifying him as a surgeon and gynaecologist, was yesterday paraded by the Lagos State Police Command.
His cover was blown when he was accused of fraudulently obtaining the sum of N500,000 from one Joy Umosekhaimhe of 2, Adesanya Close, Ifeko-Gbagada.
Akintolure however denied the accusation, saying, “actually, it was not N500,000. It was N260,000 she lent me to use for my brother’s ailment.”
He said he hails from Ondo State, studied Marketing at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as a part-time student and graduated in 1997.
According to Akintolure, who says he uses his wife’s car as mobile clinic, “I have not treated more than 10 people. I just treat them for malaria and typhoid and I also give injections too because of my experience at Rivic Hospital at Akure.”
He said that he charges between N3,000 and N4,000 per patient, adding that his wife was not aware of his trade.
Asked how he got the identity card, Akintolure said he got it from a business centre and that the computer operator signed it for him.
Speaking on the fake doctor’s arrest, Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ngozi Braide, said she received a petition at the area H Police Command Headquarters, Ogudu, on July 19, that one Adeyemi Stephen Akintolure obtained N500,000 from one Joy Umosekhaimhe.
Following the petition, Braide said that a letter was written to LUTH on July 23 to authenticate Akintolure’s claims of being a staff.
“On October 10, LUTH replied that the suspect is not an employee of the hospital and was not issued the identity card.
“In view of the revelation, the suspect confessed that he is not a medical doctor, but has been practising for about four years, using his wife’s vehicle as a mobile clinic.”
Braide said the suspect’s house and vehicle were searched and drugs, injections, syringes and laboratory coat were recovered.