Lagos State Police Command yesterday detained a 40-year-old man, Adeyemi Stephen Akintolure, a suspected fake medical doctor, who claimed to be a staff of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH. The man's card No. 13541 identified him as a surgeon and gynaecologist.
According to the information provided, the "doctor" fraudulently obtained N500,000 from one Joy Umosekhaimhe of 2, Adesanya Close, Ifako-Gbagada.
Akintolure, saying he is using the wife’s car as a mobile clinic, stated that the money in question was borrowed from Umosekhaimhe and added that the amount was not N500,000.
“Actually, it was not N500,000. It was N260,000 she lent me to use for my brother’s ailment.”
The man said he was from Ondo State, studied Marketing at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, as a part-time student and graduated in 1997.
“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.
He confessed that he got the identity card from a business centre and that the computer operator signed it for him. The paraded man also mentioned that he charged between N3,000 and N4,000 per patient, adding that his wife was not aware of his trade.
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.
When it was officially revealed that Akintolure was not employed with LUTH, the suspect confessed that he was not a medical doctor but has been practicing for about four years, using his wife’s vehicle as a mobile clinic.
The man's house and vehicle were searched and drugs, injections, syringes and laboratory coat were recovered.