Police Rescue Abducted Doctor In Abia

Police Rescue Abducted FMC Doctor In Abia
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An oral and maxillofacial surgeon with the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State, Dr. Innocent Iwegbu, who was abducted, has regained his freedom.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, told reporters that the victim who was kidnapped at the entrance of the hospital on Monday was rescued by the police on Thursday from his captors.

Ogbizi also paraded a suspect who was arrested in connection with the abduction.

He called on Nigerians, especially the residents of Abia to be more security conscious and report any suspicious movement around their vicinity to the security agencies.

“I want to say that all and sundry must make security a personal business and a priority, which means that we all have to be security conscious,” he said.

The police commissioner added, “As a stakeholder if you come out of the house and see people walking around, you should suspect that there is something fishy.

“When you are parking your vehicle, do yourself a favour and look around you, the scene around and make sure it is safe and secure to park, then you can go ahead to do so,” he added.

Doctor Risks Jail for Defrauding Colleague of 900,000 Naira

Doctor Risks Jail for Defrauding Colleague of 900,000 NairaA 43-year-old medical doctor, Akolawole Michael, risked being jailed for allegedly defrauding a colleague of a sum of 900,000 Naira for the purchase of land.

Akolawole was on Wednesday arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti over the matter.

At the Thursday proceeding, Police prosecutor, Sgt. Oriyomi Akinwale, told the Court that the accused committed the offence sometimes in the month of January 2013 in Ado-Ekiti.

The policeman alleged that the doctor fraudulently obtained the sum of N900,000 from one Babalola Olawale, a junior doctor under the pretense that he could sell six plots of land to him at Afao road in Ado-Ekiti.

According to him, the accused committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol. 1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

The accused pleaded not guilty, while his counsel, Busuyi Ayorinde, applied for his bail, promising the Court that he would not jump bail.

The prosecutor objected to the bail application because the accused had jumped bail in the police station.

‎Magistrate Taiwo Ajibade, consequently granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in the sum of N50,000 each, who must be resident within Ado-Ekiti with verifiable addresses.

Ajibade said that one of the sureties must be a senior medical officer, while the other must be a civil servant of grade level 12 or executive member of a landlord association.

Alleged Fake Medical Doctor In Court For Stealing Degree

Alleged Faked Medical Doctor Arraigned Before CourtAn alleged faked Medical Doctor, Martins Okpe, an employee of the Federal Ministry of Health, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Mr Okpe was arraigned on a five-counts charge for impersonation and stealing of a Bachelor of Medicine Degree of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

In the criminal charge where he pleaded not guilty, Okpe was also alleged to have stolen a Bachelor of Surgery Degree and National Youth Service Corps certificates belonging to another Dr Daniel George.

Having taken his plea, the accused person moved a bail application through his counsel, urging the Court to grant him bail in liberal terms, a position that was not opposed by the prosecution.

Drawing Monthly Salary 

The Court consequently admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of one million Naira, two sureties of which one must not be lower than level 12 in any Federal Government Agency.

The accused was to be remanded in Kuje Prison custody, pending when he would perfect his bail conditions.

Martins, 44, was employed as a Senior Medical Officer in 2006 on grade level 12 with the Federal Ministry of Health, where he was alleged to have been drawing monthly salary and allowances.

He was apprehended during the verification exercise of professional skills of Residence Doctors conducted by the Medical And Dental Council Of Nigeria, where he presented the certificate in June to secure clearance.

The offense is contrary to Section 383 of the Criminal Code which stipulates that “a person who fraudulently takes anything capable of being stolen, or fraudulently converts to his own use or to the use of any other person anything capable of being stolen, is said to steal that thing”.

The criminal Code in Section 390 stipulates the punishment for the offence which ranges from a minimum of two years imprison or a life sentence depending on the height of the offence.

Minister Says There Is Notable Progress In Nigeria’s Health Sector

VFTPThe mission of the Ministry of Health is to develop and implement policies and programmes and undertake other actions to deliver effective, efficient, quality and affordable health services.

The Federal Ministry of Health has been in the news for the wrong reasons at different times. Strikes and threats of strike, rivalry among health sector professionals, lack of equipment and many more, tend to overshadow the progress being made by the ministry to improve Nigeria’s health indicators.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has been in charge since the year 2010, and he joins us on this edition of ‘View From The Top’.

The Minister said that the Government was not doing badly, as it had recorded a reduction of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria by 56 per cent, which he said was no mean achievement.

In terms of immunisation, the government had also achieved 80 per cent coverage.

He, however, said that the federal system of government that Nigeria was practicing was contributing to problems with health indices. He complained that although Nigerians are beginning to understand how federal system ought to work, there were some local governments that are still waiting for the Federal Government to come and do everything for them.

The Minister also spoke about the several plans of the ministry for the year 2014. Enjoy the interview.