Investigations by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) led
to police arresting a man who ran a private hospital for 10 years in
Gwarimpa area of Abuja, where he offered surgeries and antenatal care,
using forged certificates.
Victor Moffat Akpan was the owner of
Luna Maternity & Surgery, an outfit he opened in 2006 as a “surgeon”
using a forged practice licence—four years after MDCN refused to grant
him licence to practice as a homeopath.
He’s understood to have delivered by caesarean section a set of conjoined twins who later died at National Hospital in 2013.
Henry Okwuokenye, head of inspectorate unit at MDCN, who had been
investigating Akpan, said the council did not grant him a homeopathic
practice licence because the school he claimed to have graduated from in
Enugu was unapproved to train students in alternative medicine.
told police during questioning on Friday that in 2002 he paid N15,000
to one Mike Nwagbara, then an administrative official with the
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu state, to get a forged
MDCN practice certificate.
The certificate, exclusively
seen by Daily Trust, used a folio number—unique to every
doctor—registered to a Dr Tuoyo Awani, a 1995 medicine and surgery
graduate of University of Benin.
Some documents also thought
forged show Daniel to have interned at a Calvary International Hospital
in Enugu in 1996, done his National Youth Service Corps with Prisons in
1997, attended an update course by the West African College of Surgeons
in 2001 and a postgraduate course on the “scientific basis of obstetrics
and gynaecology in 2002.”
But his 1990 Senior School Certificate
from Eastern Nsit Secondary School, Odot, showed he had no pass in any
of his six subjects, scored all 7s and 8s apart from an A3 in Geography.
show Akpan presented the forged documents to unsuspecting officials of
Private Health Establishment and Monitoring Committee (PHEMC), which
regulates private health outfits in Abuja, to get Luna registered.
You can watch the video (HERE).