Opeyemi Adesina, the 43-year-old fake medical doctor who was arrested by the Lagos state Police Command with seven forged certificates, has confessed to the crime, saying he paid N100, 000 to purchase the certificates.
DAILY POST recalls that Adesina had paraded himself as a consultant gynaecologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba until his arrest on Tuesday at the Alakara area of the state.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Dolapo Badmus, a Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the arrest to newsmen, had earlier said the suspect, upon investigation, had been practicing as a fake medical doctor, specifically as a consultant and gynaecologist for the past three years before his arrest.
The Ekiti state indigene who resides at 1, Alowolodu Street, Alapere-Ketu area of the state, yesterday, confessed before newsmen saying he paid N100, 000 to one Kolawole in Ibadan, Oyo State, to get the certificates, adding that he had used them for only three years.
He 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.”
According to reports, Adesina was arrested after his landlord, identified only as Akorede, wrote a “save-my-soul” petition to the management of LUTH some weeks ago, alleging that Adesina brought home female patients to treat in his house and did abortions for them, among other unwholesome practices which could implicate him (the landlord).
Akorede had further explained in the letter that when he confronted Adesina, the doctor allegedly claimed to be a consultant gynaecologist with LUTH, adding that Adesina brought the referral cases from the hospital to his house so that he could have time to attend to them.
Adesina, who denied his landlord’s allegation, said he only operated a laboratory where he attended to his patients.
He 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.”
The suspect’s wife, Olawumi, pleaded that her husband should be released as he had realised his mistake, and would never venture into such again.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the LUTH authorities, who could not find such name in the record of their consultants, forwarded the letter to the police, and Adesina was thereafter arrested.
The PPRO said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was over, stating that the police recovered the forged certificates which included a fake MBBS certificate of the University of Ibadan, and a fake membership certificate of the Nigerian Medical Association.