The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and the police, on Thursday, arrested an alleged fake medical doctor, identified as Charles George, 60, said to be treating COVID-19 patients.
George was arrested in his one-room apartment at Block 1, Julius Berger Junior Staff Quarters, popularly known as Berger Camp, in Kubwa by police detectives from the office of the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory.
And items recovered from him are Camel Syringe (for abortion), kidney dish and medical trail.
Report was titled:
‘Intelligence report on impersonating COVID-19 response team (NCDC), extortion and illicit clinical medical practices by one Mr Charles George of Block One, Julius Berger Junior Staff Quarters, Kubwa, Bwari Area Council, FCT, Abuja.’
The police said George “has been vetted as a regular customer of the FCDA Police Station and Kubwa Area Command Headquarters for several matters connected to mixed medicine and extortion of his clients since 2016.”
The Deputy Registrar and Head of the Inspectorate Department of the MDCN, Dr Victor Gbenro, described the arrest as “a major breakthrough.”
“The arrest of the suspected fake medical/alternative medicine practitioner by name, Dr Charles George, at his Kubwa premises is a major breakthrough by the MDCN under the leadership of the Registrar, Dr Tajudeen Sanusi.
“Acting on an intelligence report from the IG intelligence team, the Inspectorate Department of the MDCN as directed by the registrar affected the successful arrest of the fake doctor, who has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public and posing as a member of the NCDC COVID-19 team”.
“The suspect is alleged to have been practicing alternative medicine without registration or license from the MDCN, which is statutorily, mandated to regulative the practice of medical, dental and alternative medicine in Nigeria”.
“Investigation revealed that his practice is not known or registered by the FCDA Private Health Facility Registration Agency. The police have commenced further investigation and prosecution of the suspect. This is one among several efforts of the council at sanitizing the medical profession in the country.”
The police presented a fake letterhead and COVID-19 cure threat SMS through which the suspect allegedly used to blackmailing his clients.
The police said the unprofessional medical treatment administered by George on his clients required “urgent medical attention” .