One Martins Ugwu Okpe, a native of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State who has impersonated as a medical doctor for nine years in the Ministry of Health, was yesterday in Abuja paraded by police before journalists.
Chief Superintendent of Police Abayomi Shogunle during a press briefing at the Force Headquarters said that Martins Ugwu Okpe, a 44 year old man with five children, was arrested by the police for using the credentials of Dr. George Davidson to work as an assistant director and a projects coordinator for nine years in the ministry.
According to CSP Shogunle, Okpe’s trouble started when he started behaving in an unprofessional conduct but rather accused his colleagues of unprofessionalism, which made them to alert the Nigerian Medical Association and the Dental Council of Nigeria.
The case was reported to the police on March 10 this year, as a petition by Festus Keyamo chambers on behalf of Ugwu was investigated by the police.
Shogunle said that after police investigations, it was discovered that Okpeh “dishonestly took away the copies of the academic credentials of a friend named George Davidson Daniel, a medical director practising in Jos, without his knowledge and used same to secure appointment with the Ministry of Health since 2006.”
He said, “Martins Ugwu has been parading himself as a medical doctor in the Ministry of Health in Abuja for almost one decade and was among medical volunteers trained by the ministry in conjunction with the African Union Support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa Mission in Liberia, but declined to go after collecting all necessary allowances from both Ministry of Health and African Union.”
While answering questions from newsmen, Ugwu said that his friend, Dr. Davidson, visited him at his home in Karu in 2006 asking him to help secure a job for him at the Ministry of Health.
He said that he had never attended a medical school but had been linked with the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, as an investigator.
He said that he had never been involved with clinical matters but in administration, research and as an independent investigator.
Ugwu further said that he had been on the payroll of the ministry since 2006 and had served as chairman of FMOH NMA till date, adding that as a member of the Ebola team he had collected the sum of 900,000 for services he did not render.
The police said that 13 fake assistant director would soon be charged to court for offences of theft, impersonating a medical doctor, wearing and carrying token used by medical doctors, dishonesty, framing of incorrect document with the intent of perjury, breach of trust, criminal intimidation, among others.

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