A Yola High Court has sentenced a fake medical doctor, Ibrahim Mustapha, to 54 years in prison.
Justice Nathan Musa gave the judgements following Mustapha’s admittance of guilt in a 9-count charge against him.
Mustapha operated illegally as a PMO in Fufore Cottage hospital, Fufore local government area of Adamawa state.
The fake doctor ran out of luck when he attended visa interview as a potential medical team member for the 2019 hajj operations. He was exposed by a man who knew him in Gombe as a ward attendant in an undisclosed clinic.
Justice Nathan said the court had considered a plea of allocotus made by the convict’s counsel and therefore sentenced him on nine count charges
“On counts one to three, I sentenced him six months each with the option of fine of N20,000 each,” the judge ruled.
“On count eight, I sentence him to three years imprisonment with the option of N50,000 fine.
“On counts four, five, six, seven and 10, I sentenced him to 10 years of prison term on each of the counts without the option of a fine,” Justice Nathan ruled.
The convict has been in the DSS custody since June this year for operating patients facility without a valid document. He is said to have performed over 500 surgical operations causing the death of about 46 patients from January to May 2019
DSS Director in the state, Bola Olori, said a preliminary investigation revealed that Mustapha holds National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) certificate, an equivalent of Senior Secondary School certificate or High School.
The fake surgeon confessed to forging MBBS credentials according to the DSS but denied causing the death of any patient throughout his career until his arrest.
“Yes, I’ve forged the documents as stated by the DSS boss and also done both major and minor surgical operations, including caesarian section, altogether more than 500 surgeries without causing the death of any of my patients as claimed.”
DSS director in Adamawa Bola Olori said investigations revealed that Mustapha perfected the illicit act of impersonation as a Doctor in Gombe where he worked as a ward attendant in several clinics, after being aided by a practising doctor.
Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri in a press briefing suggested that the fake doctor may have killed 15 people through unprofessional surgeries at the cottage hospitals.
Fintiri said his administration was going to set up a committee to identify fake medical doctors in the state to sanitize the state’s health sector.