This man who holds a secondary school certificate, Stephen Nwankwo, but worked as a doctor in a fake hospital has been arrested alongside the owner of the hospital. Nwankwo said they took delivery of over 90 babies within the two years he worked in the hospital established by 39-year-old Gabriel Onyema, another secondary school leaver.
“There was a delivery we started about 8 am but did not end until 4 pm. The woman lost a lot of blood. When the baby did not come out on time,we used hand to pull the baby out.”
The two suspects spoke with journalists while being paraded on Friday at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja. Lagos Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, said Nwankwo and Onyema were arrested by officers of Area ‘E’ Police Command, FESTAC Town, after a pregnant woman, who had gone to the hospital, died during labour.
40-year-old Nwankwo claimed he was an auxiliary doctor in a hospital in Ondo State before he moved to Lagos, where he was employed by Onyema.
But while being questioned by journalists, it turned out that he was only a non-medical employee in the unnamed hospital.
Nwankwo said, “I worked in a hospital in Ondo State sometime ago. I finished from a secondary school before getting a job in Care Hospital, Iba.
“I met Gabriel (Onyema) in the house where he was living in Iba and told him the house was good for a hospital. We then teamed up and entered into a partnership with another man, Dr. Abayomi. Gabriel later said I should start working in the hospital as a doctor as well. We undertook up to 90 deliveries.”
On his part, the second fake doctor, Onyema, said he lives mostly in Ghana “where I sell bondpapers.” Asked if the hospital was registered, he said, “Work is ongoing on the registration.” He stated, “I don’t really know all the details of what the doctors I employed there do. They are in the best position to tell you since I was always in Ghana.”
When journalists asked if he was aware his employees perform illegal procedures in the hospital, Onyema said, “Ask me a valid question.” He refused to answer questions onwards.