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Primary school dropout poses as doctor, runs hospital, lab



Primary school dropout poses as doctor, runs hospital, lab

Police in Lagos State Police have arrested a fake medical doctor, who cannot read or write. The suspect, Abdulrahman Mohammed, 39, from Borno State, was arrested for operating as a medical doctor at No.3, Bamishiele Street, Idi-Araba, Lagos. According to the police, Mohammed was not even able to complete his primary education. Rather, he used to hawk drugs and later graduated to owning a shop.

The state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said that further investigations into the activities of the suspect, who had been posing as a medical doctor, revealed that he had been practicing as a doctor for four years.

Mohammed, who admitted that he could neither read nor write, said that his patients used to read names of drugs to him. He added: “When they come to my shop, they would tell me what was wrong with them. I would give them drugs.

For instance, if the person comes and says that he or she has cold or headache, I would give the person ‘Panadol’ or ‘Paracetamol’. I charged them whatever amount I believe was affordable. Yes, I used to check blood pressure of people who come to me and I am not a doctor.” The suspect further confessed that he used to sell some of the medical equipment recovered from him to his patients.

“The suspect had been administering intravenous injections, conducting medical tests on his patients. He has been taking urine and blood samples from his patients. He buys his drugs from Idumota Market, Lagos State.

We are still investigating where and how he gets his drugs,” Edgal said. The commissioner added that items recovered from the suspect included blood pressure reading machine, both manual and digital. The police also recovered syringes, drip packs, both saline and sugar solutions, hand gloves and drugs. He disclosed that the suspect would be charged to court soon.

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