The Zamfara State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has disassociated itself with a purported doctor arrested in the state over his connection with bandits.
The NMA issued the rebuttal in a statement jointly signed by Mannir Bature and Remigius Nwachukwu, the NMA state Chairman and Secretary respectively.
About seven persons, including the purported doctor, were recently arrested by the Nigeria Police Force in Zamfara for allegedly supplying ammunition to the bandits.
However, following reports of the arrest, the NMA said the arrested suspect is a laboratory technician.
The statement read: “The attention of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Zamfara State Chapter, has been drawn to a publication from various media organisations with a caption, ‘Police in Zamfara arrest medical doctor, 7 others in connection with banditry,” the statement read.
“However, we will like to make it clear to the general public that the above caption, which emanated from a joint press statement between the state Ministries of Information and that of Security and Home Affairs is incorrect.
“Our investigation revealed that the said person is not a medical doctor, but a Medical Laboratory Technician, who is parading himself as a medical doctor to defraud unsuspecting individuals.
“The person is neither a resident nor does he work in Zamfara state.
“This clarification becomes necessary owing to the fact that only holder of MBBS, MBChB and BDS are entitled to be called medical doctor.”