A Kaduna State High Court on Friday sentenced one Sunday Oppa to one year imprisonment and N10,000 fine for parading himself as a medical doctor.
Oppa, of No. 8 Furture Road, Ungwan Rimi, Kaduna, was on April 12 dragged before Justice Gideon Kurada by the Kaduna State Government on a two-count charge of impersonation and culpable homicide.
He was accused of parading himself as a medical doctor on or before Feb. 4, 2015, while not registered as one.
He, thereafter, treated one George Ayuba of Sarkin Pawa Road, Bayan Dutse Kaduna, for cancer and accepted payments for same.
Oppa was equally accused of administering wrong drugs on Ayuba, an act that could have caused his death with the full knowledge that he (Ayuba) was not suffering from cancer.
He was, therefore, charged for attempt to commit culpable homicide, punishable under section 229 (1) of the Penal Code, Laws of Kaduna State, 1991.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Kurada found the accused guilty on the first count based on the overwhelming evidence by witnesses as well as the confessional evidence of the accused.
However, on the second count, Kurada found the accused not guilty, adding that the prosecution counsel had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused attempted to kill Ayuba by administering cancer drugs.
Oppa, though a first offender, failed to admit he was wrong.
“He did not show the slightest remorse throughout the trial and refused to accept that as a laboratory scientist, he did not have legal backing to treat patients and as such, a threat to the public,” the judge said.
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