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25 Year-Old Secondary School Dropout Arrested for Impersonating a Doctor at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital



Has it become so easy for someone to impersonate a doctor for two months without going unnoticed? That is the sad reality of what happened at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Akwa-Ibom state.

A 25-year-old man, Usen Effiong, was recently arrested for posing as a medical doctor and consulting for the Teaching Hospital for more than two months. The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Etim Dickson confirmed the arrest to Punch, adding that Effiong was caught based on intelligence report from the UUTH.

The Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State branch, Dr. John Udobang denied ever knowing the man saying that he is not a member of the association. He told Punch that he received a call from the Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, UUTH, Dr. Sunday Udo on the activities of Effiong. When he went to interview the suspect, he found him with stethoscope and sphygmomanometer (blood pressure apparatus).

“Udo told me that they caught someone who has not finished secondary school parading himself as a consultant in the teaching hospital as a medical doctor. We also found some prescriptions and forms that he wanted to fill to become a member of the association of resident doctors.

“Later, when they went to look for him, he was found in the doctor’s consulting room eating. He has confessed that he is not a doctor, and has not finished his school certificate, and has been coming there to consult in the last two months.”

When Punch asked how it was possible for an SS II dropout to be consulting in a teaching hospital, Udobang replied that people used to see him but did not know his intention.

“The Dean whose table he was sitting on used to see him and thought he was a medical student or a newly employed doctor that he has not known. It was after one of the younger doctors saw him and asked the Dean who he was that they started investigating him.”

For some people, the action of this young man can be described as criminal, whereas others see him as ambitious and say he should be given a chance to study medicine and prove himself. However, if an unqualified person can impersonate a medical doctor in a teaching hospital for as long as two months, then it sadly exposes the porousness of our medical institutions.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. pynk

    March 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    this is criminal & misguided ambition.

  2. charlie

    March 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Arrant rubbish, he sould b arrested and jailed what if he did worse ??

  3. eniola

    March 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    oga o

  4. Peachy_mo

    March 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    What? given a chance he will proceed to producing counterfeit drugs, open a “killer pharmacy” and wipe out an entire generation. Its so sad 25yrs old in SS2, a drop out and truly think he can excel in medicine? well maybe in traditional medicine. He should be psychologically evaluated!

    • ArabianPrincess

      March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      lol…U funny yo! Have u seen this movie “Catch me if you can”, the lead actor was Leonardo Di Caprio, he portrayed himself as a Pilot, Doctor and Lawyer. I guess this is the Nigerian version of the movie….Buts seriously, is the teaching hospital that porous for him to exist for 2months witout being noticed. Doesn’t the hospital have a proper HR unit? Who receives new doctors? Who gives them an office? How do they get introduced to the Senior Consultants? I guess an insider may be selling them out….Ki Olorun sanu wa

  5. hilda

    March 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Is only in akwa ibom such things will happen..Rubbish n silly act!!!Just ss2,pls let him b arrested

    • Tess

      March 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      You are wrong dear, it has happened in Cross River state too, in UCTH, read it here
      Only God knows how many other hospitals in Nigeria have fake medical personnel. No wonder life is so cheap in our dear country.

  6. mama

    March 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    lets check all this private hospitals too. things are happening in this country sha.

  7. Priscy

    March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    plz arrest him….

  8. fashionandstylepolice

    March 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    How did he get away with it for two months? Na wa o.

  9. LILLY

    March 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    impersonation is a crime. he definitely should be prosecuted. i just wonder how many more of such fake doctors are out there.

  10. mariam

    March 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    this is serious, it means people’s life are not safe anymore, for over two month before he was discovered may almighty God help us

  11. Tolu

    March 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Excuse me? Ambitious? Given a chance? What chance? Ok, how about those who feel he should be given a chance allow him to take a chance at treating them?!?!?
    The guys has been impersonating a doctor and they feel pity for him??? Naija where we don’t seem to keep track of anything, how do we know his so called ‘ambition’ hasn’t cost someone their life????

    If you want to be a doctor then go about it the same way as everybody else! 25yr SS2 dropout and they say he is ambitious?!?!? What rubbish!

    We always seem to find an excuse for everything!

  12. anniesexy Mbz

    March 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    ye paa!

  13. steve

    March 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    he should be taken to a phsychiatrist

  14. Ikponsky

    March 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    This man have a psychiaric problem.

  15. Emerald

    March 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Something like this happened in UCH, Ibadan some years back. The guy dropped out of Med Sch in Ilorin and later came to UCH with a someone else’s certificate and was parading as a house officer before he was seen by an old sch mate who knew he never graduated.

  16. PD

    March 28, 2013 at 1:29 am

    This is serious!The guy is ambitious but he can’t pass through secondary school successfully.He should be jailed! Enough of all these……

  17. quilly

    March 28, 2013 at 4:37 am

    He has commited an offence and should be punished. Anybody who says he should be given a chance should be d one n first he will use for practise/experiment

  18. Nipat

    April 2, 2013 at 2:23 am

    These are the problems Governor Akpabio should be looking into and not buying 4by4 for pple for publicity. He has not done anything yet about Arik airline whose job description is to delay uyo flights everyday and disorganising people’s lives

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