In a startling development, a fraudulent individual posing as a medical doctor has been apprehended during a job interview at the Covenant University Medical Centre in Ota, located in the Sango area of Ogun State. The imposter, identified as Abawulor Omenka, was caught in the act by vigilant members of the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners.
Omenka had applied for a Medical Officer position and submitted counterfeit credentials, including a photocopy of a forged Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) registration certificate issued in 2015. Additionally, he presented a fabricated degree certificate from Benue State University, where he claimed to have graduated with a Second Class Upper Division in Medicine and Surgery.
During the interview, the 35-year-old suspect’s ruse began to unravel as he failed to provide satisfactory explanations for inconsistencies in his MDCN registration number. This number was traced back to certificates issued decades ago, a clear indication of his deception.
Sources indicate that Omenka later confessed to obtaining the fraudulent documents from shady sources in the Oluwole area of Lagos State. The suspect, who had been working as an auxiliary nurse in private hospitals, was exposed when he faced scrutiny by three experienced doctors during the job interview.
Dr. Kayode Oyelade, the Chairman of the Association of Private Medical Practitioners in Ogun State, recounted how the suspicion was raised by Dr. Ademola Adebanjo, the Medical Director of the Covenant University Medical Centre. Oyelade revealed that the suspicious credentials led to an interview panel being arranged, during which Omenka’s lack of genuine medical knowledge became evident.
Further investigations revealed that Omenka had misrepresented his work experience, with previous employers confirming he had only served as a health assistant or auxiliary nurse, rather than a qualified medical officer.
Dr. Azim Kunle Ashimi, the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association’s Ogun State Chapter, stressed the importance of thorough background checks when hiring medical professionals. He highlighted the commitment of both the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners and the Nigerian Medical Association in Ogun State to collaborate with the state’s health ministry to combat instances of quackery within the medical field.
The imposter, Abawulor Omenka, has been handed over to the police and is set to face legal consequences for his actions. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the necessity to maintain stringent standards in the medical profession to ensure the safety and well-being of patients.