The fake doctor who has been working for 9 years by impersonating his friend will pay back all the wages earned over that period . Martins Ugwu Okpeh, worked with the Federal Ministry of Health as a Senior Medical Officer II on Grade Level 13 for over nine years.
Ugwu, working since 2006 in the Ministry of Health stole the license from his friend, Dr. George Davidson Daniel,when he acted as the latter’s best man in 2006. The real Dr.George is undergoing Residency Training programe in Jos.
The fake doctor rose to become the chairman of a branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, said the Federal government has ordered the Ministry of Health to compute all salaries and allowances he earned for full retrieval..He said
“Mr. Martins Ugwu Okpe, who hails from Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State, got himself employed fraudulently using the stolen documents of his childhood friend and best man, Dr. George Davidson Daniel, who has offered to appear at this press briefing to clear his name. Martins Ugwu was offered an appointment by the FCSC on August 30, 2006 and was posted to the Federal Ministry of Health in September same year.
“The surprising thing about Ugwu’s appointment is that he applied for the job on October 10, 2006. He was subsequently offered the job on October 17, 2006 and he applied for an identity card on the 19 of the same month.”
“The ministry is currently computing all salaries and allowances which accrued to Ugwu during his mischievous sojourn in the ministry, for full retrieval by the relevant law enforcement agencies,”
Ugwu was due to be promoted as Assistant Director in the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, before he was exposed.
The owner of the certificate, Dr. George Davidson Daniel, called on security agencies to protect him because his life was being threatened.