Nigeria: Suspected Fake Doctor Arrested, As Housewife Dies During Abortion

28 October 2019

Abeokuta — The police in Ogun State have arrested a 56-year-old suspected fake doctor who allegedly carried out an abortion on a housewife that led to her death.

The suspect, Salahudeen Jamiu, was arrested following a report by the husband of the deceased at Onipanu Division in Ifo LGA.

The complainant was quoted to have said he received a call from one Dupe Odebunmi who claimed to be a nurse, saying his wife one Kehinde Olakitan was sick and on admission at Mojisola Maternity Clinic, which belonged to the suspect.

He stated further that on getting to the clinic, he found nobody there, but on his way back home, he discovered the corpse of his wife in front of a building close to his house.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said following the report, the DPO Onipanu division, SP Magdalene Adeniji, detailed detectives to launch a manhunt for the operator of the maternity centre.

Oyeyemi said their efforts yielded result as the suspect was arrested on October 24.

"On interrogation, the suspect admitted carrying out an abortion on the deceased, who was brought to him by her friend, one Dupe Odebunmi, and that the mother of four died in the process.

"He confessed further that it was fear that made him dump her corpse in the front of a house close to her residence," Oyeyemi said in the statement.

The police spokesman said the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary in the General Hospital, Ota.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation and prosecution.

The CP also appealed to members of the public to always patronise qualified health providers whenever the need arises instead of seeking medical assistance from quacks and unqualified practitioners.

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