Ibrahim Mustapha, a fake doctor and principal medical officer of Cottage hospital, Fufore in Adamawa state, has been arrested by the Department of State Services for killing patients in the cause of his fake practice.
He is said to have performed over 500 surgical operations causing the death of about 46 patients from January to May 2019.
Parading the fake doctor in Yola on Thursday, DSS Director in the state, Bola Olori, said the DSS has, “effected the arrest of one Ibrahim Mustapha, who operated illegally as a PMO in Fufore Cottage hospital, Fufore local government area of Adamawa state”.
Mr. 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.”
But the DSS said, “He perfected the illicit act in Gombe where he worked as a ward attendant in several clinics. He was aided by a practicing doctor who gave him sample copies of his NECO results, MBBS of Bayero University Kano, NYSC Discharge certificate and Medical and Dental Council if Nigeria, annual registration license.
“The suspect subsequently gained employment into the Adamawa state Hospital Management Board in October 2015 as a doctor and rose to the post of PMO, serving at both the Cottage hospital Mayo-Belwa and Fufore.”
Mustapha 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.
A fake doctor or quack is a person that parades his/herself as medically qualified to administer treatment to sick patients or understands the pathology of diseases but not certified by the medical licensing board. They are abound world wide but more in developing countries like Nigeria.