BY Ejike Ejike
The operatives of Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have arrested and detained one Mr George Dawari who has not only posing as a medical doctor but also involved in visa scams.
According to a state made available to newsmen in Abuja, the media consultant to the ICPC, Folu Olamiti noted that during interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect was neither a medical doctor nor did he work in the National Hospital Abuja as claimed.
Dawari was arrested on June 5, 2015 on the strength of a petition filed before ICPC alleging that Dawari demanded the sum of N450,000 from a couple with a promise to procure 5-year visas to the United States for them and members of their family.
Olamiti further noted that “after obtaining a warrant, a search on the residence of Dawari who had earlier offered to administer drugs on one of the petitioners, a female, under the pretense of being a medical doctor, ICPC operatives discovered some medical equipment including a stethoscope and medical coverall with his name engraved on it in his possession.
”Also discovered in the suspect’s house were six green Nigerian passports, four of which had been stamped with the United States visas . The passports were subsequently sent to the American Embassy for authentication. The US Embassy declared the visas fake and process for procurement fraudulent.”
The ICPC, further called on members of the public that have had any medication or visa transactions with the fake medical doctor to immediately seek remedial medical attention in hospitals and to also volunteer information at ICPC headquarters.
The suspect is to be charged to court for violating section 16 of the ICPC Act 2000 and section 321 of the Penal Code.
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