Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command have arrested Charles George, an alleged fake doctor, for treating patients who contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
George was arrested in his one-room apartment at Block 1, Julius Berger Junior Staff Quarters, popularly known as Berger Camp, in Kubwa, by police detectives on Thursday after a complaint by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Dr. Victor Gbenro, the Deputy Registrar and Head of the Inspectorate Department of the MDCN, described the arrest of the 60-year-old as “a major breakthrough”.
He said, “The arrest of the suspected fake medical/alternative medicine practitioner, by name Dr. Charles George, at his Kubwa premises is a major breakthrough for the MDCN under the leadership of the Registrar, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi.
“Acting on an intelligence report from the IG intelligence team, the Inspectorate Department of the MDCN as directed by the registrar effected the successful arrest of the fake doctor, who has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public and posing as a member of the NCDC COVID-19 team.
“The suspect is alleged to have been practising alternative medicine without registration or licence from the MDCN, which is statutorily mandated to regulate the practice of medical, dental and alternative medicine in Nigeria.
“Investigation revealed that his practice is not known or registered by the FCDA Private Health Facility Registration Agency. The police have commenced further investigation and prosecution of the suspect. This is one among the several efforts of the council at sanitising the medical profession in the country.”
According to the FCT Police Command, George “has been vetted as a regular customer of the FCDA Police Station and Kubwa Area Command Headquarters for several matters in connection with mixed medicine and extortion of his clients since 2016”.
The police said the unprofessional medical treatment administered by George on his clients required “urgent medical attention” as they “may lead to sudden and unnatural death.”
Among the items recovered from Gerorge’s home were syringe (for abortion) and kidney dish, among others.
The police also presented a fake letterhead and COVID-19 cure threat SMS through which the suspect was allegedly blackmailing his clients.