The police have arrested a man Yonlonfun Celestine, who has been conducting surgeries and delivering babies for over a decade in Apapa, Lagos.
Celestine, who operates “Be Well Hospital” at Tomaro, a riverine community in Liverpool, Apapa, was arrested following the death of an expectant mother and her child.
The 39-year-old suspect, who hails from Badagry, was paraded yesterday at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja.
Forged University of Ibadan (UI), Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) certificates, drugs and other medical equipment were recovered from him.
Celestine said two women had died in his hospital since 2005.
He claimed that he attended a school of nursing in Cotonou, Benin Republic, but never completed the course.
He said: “I have always wanted to be a doctor. I dropped out of secondary school in JSS 3. I later left for Cotonou, Benin Republic. In 2003, I enrolled in a school of nursing but could not complete my course.
“I came back to Nigeria and immediately tried to fulfil my age-long dream of becoming a doctor. I opened a clinic in my one room apartment at Tomaro in 2004, but I started practicing fully as a doctor in 2005.
“Last year, I built my own hospital and I have helped to deliver many babies in the area. A lot of pregnant women come to my hospital to register for ante-natal.
“Since I started I have only recorded two deaths in my hospital. I refer cases that are above me to one hospital in Tolu area of Ajegunle.
“I was arrested after a woman and her child died in my hospital. The woman was pregnant and was at the same time convulsive. So her husband brought her to my hospital. Initially I told them that I will refer them to the hospital in Ajegunle, but her husband continued to beg me to take her in.”
According to him, a friend helped him to produce the fake certificates found in his possession.
He said: “I paid him N70,000 for the fake hospital documents and certificates.”
Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni said: “We have contacted the MDCN and it said that the man is not its member. He woukd be charged to court at the end of investigation.”