Lagos cosmetic surgeon arraigned over customer’s death

3151, Adepoju Anuoluwapo
Dr Anuoluwapo

Dr. Adepoju Anuoluwapo, owner of Med Contour Limited, a cosmetic surgery service rendering clinic at Lekki area of Lagos State was on Friday arraigned before the Federal High Court, Lagos.

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Dr Anuoluwapo, a plastic surgeon, was arraigned by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), for allegedly causing the death of one of her clients, Nneka Onwuzuligbo, and standing in the way of investigation.

In the five-count charge against her and her cosmetic surgery firm, Med Contour Ltd, she was accused of shunning investigation into the case and declining to produce documents required by the Commission.

The charge, prosecuted by FCCPC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Babatunde Irukera, said Anuoluwapo failed “or refusal to appear before the FCCPC in compliance with a summons as required by law.

“Failure to produce documents in compliance with the commission’s Notice of Investigation as required by law” and “Impeding, preventing or obstructing the Commission’s investigation.”

Irukera said the incidents happened between April 15 and May 4, 2020, at No. 11a Ladi Alakija Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

He alleged that Adepoju’s conduct contravened sections 33(3)(a) and 113(4)(a) of the FCCPC Act 2018 and was liable to be punished under sections 33(3) and 113(1) of the same Act, among others.

A six-paragraph affidavit of completion of investigation attached to the charge, said the commission received complaints from three petitioners, Marlene Adejumo Oluwakemi, Taiwo Omolola Temilade and Vivian Onwuzuligbo alleging that Dr Anuoluwapo’s body enhancement business “are unsafe for consumers.”

It alleged that the surgeon made “false, misleading and deceptive representation in relation to the marketing of their services.

“In particular, the above-mentioned Vivian Onwuzuligbo, a member of the Mrs Nnneka Miriam Barbara Onwuzuligbo (now deceased) alleged that the deceased died as a result of the failed defendants’ cosmetic surgery and she is privy to the events that led to the demise of the deceased.”

Anuoluwapo pleaded not guilty to the charge while the judge adjourned till July 9 for the commencement of the trial.

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