Opeyemi Adesina has been arrested for parading himself as a consultant gynaecologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos.
Adesina, 43, confessed to have paid N100,000 to buy the seven forged certificates he has been using after being picked up by the Alakara Police Division on Alowolodu Street in the Alapere, Ketu area of the state.
According to The Punch, the Ekiti-state indigene’s arrest was effected after his landlord, Akorede, wrote an SOS petition to the management of the hospital over allegations that Adesina brought home female patients to treat in his house.
The landlord also alleged that the fake medic did abortions, among other unwholesome practices which could implicate him (the landlord), to the ladies during the visit.
In the letter, Akorede explained further that the doctor allegedly claimed to be a consultant gynaecologist with LUTH when confronted and also presented the referral cases from the hospital to his house so that he could have time to attend to them.
The Punch gathered that Adesina was arrested when LUTH authorities, who could not find such name in the record of their consultants, forwarded the letter to the police to pick up the culprit.
In his confession, Adesina said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
On the allegations leveled against him by the house owner, the fake medical practitioner said: “Three years ago, I decided to get the certificates just to cover up for the failure to finish my university education.
“It is not true that I brought women to treat at home. The truth of the matter is that I have a laboratory and the women came there. I usually did tests for them and by the time the test results were out, I would ask them to visit a hospital for treatment.”t
While she did not deny the husband’s overtures, Olawumi, the suspect’s spouse pleaded that her husband should be released since he has now realised his wrongdoings.
Speaking on the matter, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, 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.