A fake doctor, Martins Ugwu was arrested in June 2015 after he used his friend’s licence to practice medicine in the Ministry of Health, for nine years.
Ugwu who posed as Dr. George Davidson Daniel, was set for promotion as Assistant Director in the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, before he was arrested.
The Federal Government in their bid to retrieve the wages he earned during those years, has directed the Departments of Finance and Accounts and Human Resources to carefully calculate all he eraned during his practice with the fake licence
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 said, “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.”
The original owner of the certificate, Dr. George Davidson Daniel, stated that his life was endangered following some threats he received.
Awute furrher explained that Ugwu had collaborators in the ministry, adding that based on this, the ministry “have sent another petition to the police to interview him to name his sponsors.”
According to Punch, Awute said it was necessary to place it on record that the ministry did not employ any of its members of staff directly, but through the Federal Civil Service Commission which has the statutory powers to do so.
“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,” he said.