It’s time up for 43-year-old man, Opeyemi Adesina, who allegedly paraded himself as a consultant gynaecologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, as he has confessed to being a quack.
Adesina, who was paraded on Tuesday by the Nigeria Police in Lagos also confessed that he paid N100,000 to buy no fewer than seven forged certificates which he used to deceive people about his fake identity as a medical doctor with one of Nigeria’s prime teaching hospitals.
The certificates, as disclosed by the police on Tuesday include a fake MBBS certificate of the University of Ibadan, and a fake membership certificate of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the umbrella body for registered medical doctors in Nigeria.
Confessing to the allegation, Aesinasaid he paid N100,000 to one Kolawole in Ibadan, Oyo State, to get the certificates, which he said he had used for only three years.
“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,” he said.
Giving reasons for his actions, Adesina said: “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.”
He is married with a child from a woman he said thought he was a truly certified medical doctor.
“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,” he said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed this said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was over.
She said, “Upon a written petition from the management of LUTH, Idi-Araba, the suspect was arrested for falsely practising as a medical doctor and consultant gynaecologist. He confessed to have been in the practice for three years, and seven certificates were recovered from him. He will be charged to court soon.”
Reports reveal that Adesina, who is originally from Ekiti State, was arrested on Tuesday by the Alakara Police Division on Alowolodu Street in the Alapere, Ketu area of Lagos State, after the management of LUTH alerted the police upon receipt of a petition by his landlord that he claimed he works at the hospital.
He, however, denied converting his apartment to a hospital.