An Isheri Senior Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Monday remanded a 42-year-old man, Akintolure Stephen, of 69, Alagbo-Ile Road, Ojodu, Berger, Lagos, for allegedly parading himself as a medical doctor.
The Magistrate, Adejumoke Olagbegi-Adelabu, ordered that the accused should be remanded following objection to his bail by the Prosecutor, Inspector Nurudeen Thomas.
Stephen was arraigned on a four-count charge of false representation, illegal administration of drugs, forged medical and dental certificates, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) identity card.
Thomas argued that the accused was on the run for two months, stressing: “now that the accused has been arrested, he may run away if granted bail.”
He said the accused committed the offence on 22 July, and was arrested following a petition by Kadiri Gbadebo, over alleged extortion.
“But on reaching the station, Stephen falsely presented himself as a surgeon and gynecologist attached to LUTH.
“He further presented a forged Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Annual Practice certificate with Registration No. PM 49872 dated October 20, 2011 and LUTH identity card No. 13541,” he said.
He also said that Stephen had been treating, dispensing and selling drugs to patients at Ojota and its environs since 2011.
Thomas said the offences contravened Sections 78, 249, 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Some of the exhibits displayed at the court include medical doctor’s coat, stethoscope, syringes and drugs, among others.
The case was adjourned till 20 November for hearing.