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Published On: Tue, Feb 25th, 2020

Court remands fake doctor in Kaduna

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Kaduna has remanded one Saidu Ahmed Ya’u at the Kaduna Correctional Facility until March 16 for certificate forgery and impersonation.
The Attorney -General of Kaduna State, Aisha Dikko stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement said that ‘Doctor’ Ya’u was reported to have worked with the State ministry of health for seven years with alleged fake Certificates.
The statement further said that the First Information Report(FIR) indicated that Ya’u has been working as a medical doctor for more than 11 years as a staff of the Ministry of Health.
According to the Attorney General, Governor Nasir El Rufai had ordered the Ministry of Health to investigate Ya’u, following a petition alleging that the accused has been working with fake certificates.
The Ministry of Health had set up a four-member committee to investigate and verify the certificates and institutions that Ya’u claimed to have attended as well as verify his registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
The statement added that the committee found out that the accused forged the certificates, which he presented to the government to enable him secure employment with Kaduna State Ministry of Health.
“Information gathered from Ahmadu Bello University(ABU) Zaria and MDCN also reveals that Ya’u was neither admitted nor graduated from the university and was not registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria,’’ the statement added.
The Attorney- General further said that when the FIR was read to the defendant, Ya’u claimed that the charges against him were false. The Director of Public Prosecution opposed the bail application made by the defendant’s counsel.
According to the DPP, the allegations against the defendant were very weighty, adding that the exceptional circumstances for admitting such offenders to bail have not been complied with, in line with Section 174 of Kaduna State Administration of Justice Law 2017.
The statement said that the director requested for a date for further mention, in order to enable him to conclude investigation on the matter and the court adjourned the matter to March 16.
The suspect was charged to court by Kaduna State Ministry of Justice .

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