Michael Akorful Onyeagolo, who claimed to be a medical practitioner with a popular hospital in Festac Lagos, was yesterday arrested by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring Agency (HEFAMA) for impersonation.
Onyeagolo, 28, aka Dr. Hilary Abiwu, confessed that he was not a medical doctor. He said he stole the certificates from a doctor in Ghana.
Onyeagolo, who hails from Imo State, had been practising until nemesis caught up with him when he mismanaged a patient who was brought to the hospital.
Onyeagolo narrates, "I was in school in Ukraine, but could not graduate. I ran away from the school because I was to be arrested for being a witness to a crime. I went out to a joint with my friends one day and there was a fight. In the course of the fight, somebody died. The police arrested the guy and were looking for me. So I ran away."
On how he began to practice, he said a friend of his, named Obinna Uche, a businessman, gave him the certificates with which he had been working.
"When I ran away from the school, I went to meet my friend Obinna who gave me the documents. So, I came down to Nigeria and obtained a licence to practice."
After much interrogation by Dr. Okwuokenye Henry and Dr. Theophilus Ajayi, Onyeagolo admitted that he stole the certificates by himself from Dr. Abiwu Hilarious.
Dr. Henry Okwuokenye, HOD, Inspectorate Department of MDCN who led the team, said the certificate was not given to Onyeagolo by anybody, adding that he lived with Dr. Abiwu for two months and stole the doctor's certificates.
"From our investigation, it was revealed that he [Onyeagolo] stole the documents from Dr. Abiwu who resides in Ghana.
"When Michael came to us, he presented himself as the owner of the documents and registered for our assessment examination that is done by all trained foreign medical doctors.
"He did the examination twice and failed. On the third sitting, he passed, and we gave him a provisional licence. In the process of verifying his documents, we discovered that his certificates were stolen from another doctor in Ghana.
"We contacted the Medical and Dental Council Ghana who gave us the relevant documents and the real photograph of the doctor, who also wrote to us.
"Since then, we have been looking for him until report came to us that he mismanaged a patient. That was how we got his address."
Okwuokenye advised all quack doctors in Nigeria to desist from their evil practices adding that the Registrar (MDCN), Dr. Ibrahim Abdumumin had vowed to rid the society of quacks in the medical field.