A senior official with the Federal Ministry of Health, who has been practising as a ‘medical doctor’ for over nine years, has been arrested after it emerged that he stole the licence from his friend.
Martins Ugwu(pictured) is a Senior Medical Officer II on Grade Level 13, and was found to have impersonated his friend, Dr. George Daniel, who is undergoing a residency training programme in Jos, Plateau State, Punch reports.
The paper said Ugwu allegedly stole the licence from his friend for whom he was best man during a wedding in 2006. They both hail from Orukpa in the Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was reported that the suspect, who was due to be promoted to an Assistant Director in the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health, has been working in the civil service since 2006 under the name, Dr. George Davidson Daniel, until he was indicted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria as an impostor, and was arrested last Thursday.
Ugwu’s arrest was sequel to an investigation by the MDCN, which registers all Nigerian doctors and regulates their practice after investigations, the MDCN uncovered two Dr. Daniels- the same name on two separate identity photographs.
Ironically, Ugwu was part of a government committee that met more than 200 contingents returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where they had volunteered to help fight Ebola under an African Union mission, last week in Abuja.