From GODDY OSUJI, Abakaliki
The desperation for employment has landed one Nwovu in police net for alleged forgery of medical certificate, which he used to gain employment into the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Nwovu was given an interim employment by the hospital early this year and when the hospital administration decided to conduct a verification exercise, it led to the discovery that the MBBS certificate, which he used to get employment into the hospital, was fake.
Ebonyi State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Sylvester Igbo who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect, a former medical student of Ebonyi State University, EBSU, had confessed to the crime of presenting a fake MBBS certificate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN) for the job. According to Igbo, “One Nwovu, a suspected fake medical doctor who was employed by Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki was handed over to personnel of Department of State Services, DSS by authorities of the hospital, when they discovered he presented a fake medical certificate with which he was given appointment. Later the department now transferred the suspect to us for further investigation.
“The suspect is a native of Nnubi Ndubia in Izzi Local Government and he claimed that he was a year 4 medical student of Ebonyi State University medical school and could not go further because of financial problems. Now when he saw that his friends who started with him had graduated and were practicing, he was envious and decided to lay hands on the certificate of his friend who graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. “He scanned the MBBS document and superimposed his name and used it to apply for employment at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki and he was given employment.
“When the hospital authorities were carrying out verification recently, it was then that they discovered that the medical certificate was fake and he was not a medical doctor as he claimed. We are trying to ascertain if there is a third party in the matter.” Meanwhile, detectives from the state police command headquarters also yesterday arrested another student of the Ebonyi State University for alleged robbery and rape of two female students of the institution.
The suspect, Ugochukwu was arrested, following a joint operation with the police and the vigilance group of the Ishieke campus of the university, while a manhunt has began for his alleged accomplice, Ndubuisi, who escaped on sighting the police team. According to the PPRO: “We received a distress call from the Ishieke vigilance group that there was a case of rape and armed robbery, which took place around the area. So we dispatched our team of detectives and eventually one 23-year-old student of Bio-Technology of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Ebonyi State University was arrested, while his accomplice, a 100 level student took to his heels. “The two suspects allegedly raped two girls of the university at gunpoint and made away with the sum of N6, 000 from them, handset and other personal belongings.
And this information reached the village vigilante, who now invited the police.” Items recovered from the suspect include: one locally made pistol, three Nokia handsets, three wristwatches, two ATM cards, six passport photographs, three pairs of female slippers, one National temporary voters ID card, and one student ID card of EBSU.