A fake female doctor, Nwosu Angela Njide, has been arrested by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and handed over to the police.
The Head of Department of the Inspectorate Unit of the MDCN, Dr Henry Okwuokenye, who carried out the arrest, told LEADERSHIP that the council has been on the tail of the impostor for more than a year now as she has been evading arrest.
He said the fake doctor who is in her 30s had confessed to have worked in different places, including the British American Tobacco (BAT) clinic, Ibadan, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and eventually in Rauz Hospital, Apo in Abuja before nemesis caught up with her.
Okwuokenye narrated that the fake doctor’s ordeal began more than a year ago when she went to Oyo State to register for her license to practice at the ministry of Health under the Oyo State Director, Medical Services.
However, luck ran out on her as the officials of the ministry became suspicious of her qualifications and went to the MDCN to verify the authenticity of her claims.
Nwosu claimed to have graduated from medical school 2005 at University of Nigeria, Nsukka and did housemanship at UNTH, but she failed simple questions any medical student is expected to know.
Following the refusal of the Oyo State Ministry of Health to register her, she was said to have relocated to Abuja, and brazenly went on her own to the MDCN to register for her license.
Okwuokenye said, ” Nwosu came to the council to apply for a new folio number, unique to every practising doctor in Nigeria, in attempt to get full registration.
“We checked and she was not on the list. She claimed to have graduated from UNN, but we went to verify and we discovered that it was all lies. As at this time she was on the run.”
He said they got to know that she was working with Rauz Hospital, Apo for almost a year until few days ago.
The HoD disclosed that it was a phantom interview which the council used as a dragnet to lure her where she eventually fell at Dutse Alhaji in Bwari Municipal Council in FCT.
Nwosu’s arrest makes her the first female fake doctor on the record of the MDCN.
Winifred Ogbebo and Victor Okeke