A fake Medical Doctor has been sentenced to four years in prison by a Magistrate Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Recall that the convict, Akpoviri Vincent Jimmy was arrested in June after a prompt by Tobis Clinic where he was found to have impersonated one Dr. Charles Umeh, a medical doctor in Taraba State.
He used Dr. Umeh’s documents in search of jobs in Delta and Bayelsa States, claiming to be a practicing surgeon and sought employment in Tobis Clinic.
The convict who is Urhobo from Ethiope West local government area of Delta State, was first discovered in Ughelli when he did not know the correct terminologies a qualified medical doctor should know and use and was arrested when he returned to Yenagoa to continue his schemes.
A Senior Magistrate, Mrs. Michael Akata R.G. (Esq.) who presided over the case issued the maximum sentence the court permits for such an offence, which is four years imprisonment with hard labour.
She stated that it would serve as a deterrent to others involved in such activities as the state government has shown it will not condone such in the state.
In response to the judgement, the Prosecutor, Barr. Philip W. Soroh stated that the case is that of impersonation and forgery, adding that he was mobilised by the Solicitor General of the state, Preye Agedah to swing into action and ensure justice is served.
He said the judgement was given under two months since the arrest was made, adding that Bayelsa is an infertile ground for impersonation as the Judiciary is proactive and will give judgement without delay.