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Court Jails Fake Medical Doctor For Four Years

A Magistrate Court in Yenagoa sentenced a fake Medical Doctor arrested in June 2021 to four years in prison.
Recall that the convict, Akpoviri Vincent Jimmy, was apprehended following a tip from Tobis Clinic, where he was discovered to have impersonated Dr. Charles Umeh, a medical doctor in Taraba State.

He used Dr. Umeh’s documents to apply for jobs in Delta and Bayelsa States, claiming to be a practicing surgeon and seeking work at Tobis Clinic.

The convict, an Urhobo of Delta State’s Ethiope West local government area, was first discovered in Ughelli when he did not know the correct terminologies that a qualified medical doctor should know and use, and was arrested when he returned to Yenagoa to continue his schemes.

Mrs. Michael Akata R.G. (Esq.), the Senior Magistrate who presided over the case, imposed the maximum sentence the court allows for such an offense, which is four years in prison with hard labor. She stated that it would serve as a deterrent to others involved in such activities because the state government has demonstrated that such activities will not be tolerated in the state.’

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Wisdom Ebiye Sawyer, thanked the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele, for his assistance in ensuring justice was served, as well as Tobis Clinic for alerting him to the case in the first place.

The Prosecutor, Philip W. Soroh, said he was called upon by the state’s Solicitor General, Preye Agedah, to ensure justice was served. He said the verdict came less than two months after the arrest. Bayelsa is unsuitable for impersonation as the judiciary is proactive.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Chairman Bayelsa State Chapter, Dr. Ngowari Torunana, stated that the Anti-Quackery Bill is in the state House of Assembly and will be signed into law, and he advised Bayelsans not to seek medical treatment from
Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director of Tobis Clinic, Prof. Light Aloysius, the Director of Clinical Services, expressed satisfaction with the decision, which he believes will serve as a lesson to the convict and others.
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