An Adamawa State High Court in Yola on Monday convicted and sentenced a fake medical doctor, Ibrahim Mustapha, to 10 years imprisonment for using forged medical certificate to practice.
Mustapha was arraigned before the court alongside two other defendants: the medical doctor whose certificate he forged, and the man who helped him to forge the certificate.
The prosecution had told the court that he used the forged certificate to get employment into the Adamawa State Medical Health Management Services Board and rose to the rank of Principal Medical Officer before being caught.
In his judgement, the trial judge, Justice Nathan Musa condemned the conduct of the convict, wondering about the countless sorrows he would have caused families of victims over the 13 years period he practised.
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The Justice held, “On counts one to three, I sentence the convict to six months each, with the option of fine of N20, 000 each.
“On count eight, I sentence him to three years imprisonment with an option of N50, 000 fine.
“On counts four, five, six, seven and 10, I sentence him to 10 years of prison term on each of the counts without the option of a fine,” the judge ruled.
Justice Nathan added that all the terms would run concurrently.
Mustapha had confessed to forging MBBS credentials following his arrest by the DSS, but denied causing the death of any patient throughout his career until his arrest.