Police have arrested Rafiu Naheem (30), for allegedly operating a fake clinic in the Odo Otin Local Government Area of Osun State.
In a statement by Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, the suspect is a secondary school leaver. He operated an illegal clinic in an apartment.
Ajisebutu also added that the suspect while in questioning said he was operating the clinic because he had no job. In part of the statement, “Intelligence revealed that the suspect had been placing patients on admission, procuring abortions and handling very complex medical conditions which he lacked professional expertise to handle.”
Furthermore, the suspect admitted to his crime but said the blame went solely to the fact that he was jobless. And though he had no medical or undergraduate certificate, he learnt auxiliary nursing at a yet-to-be-identified private hospital.
“When a search was carried out on his illegal ‘clinic’ located in a filthy environment at Inisa area, the following items were recovered: stethoscope, sphygmomanometer (blood pressure gauge), drips, injection and syringe, circumcision set, HCG Pregnancy Rapid Test (urine) Accurate, scalpel and other theater instruments, drips, thermometer, analgesic and assorted drugs.”
Ajisebutu added that the AIG Zone XI, Adeleye Oyebade, had consequently directed that the suspect be arraigned.
Oyebade also urged members of the public to be wary of quacks parading themselves as medical doctors so as not to fall victim.