Just as the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, led by its President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele (pictured) embarked on a five-day warning strike in public health institutions, a medical doctor in the private sector is facing a criminal charge.

The police on Friday arraigned Dr. Tom Ohikere of Green House Estate, Kubwa, Abuja, in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court Abuja for allegedly stealing medical equipment worth more than N1.6 Million.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, said that on Oct. 22, Mary Enang of suite 2B, Ilube Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja, reported the case at the Wuse Zone 3 Police Station, Abuja.

Adamu told the court that Enang reported that on Oct. 21, the accused, a 53-year-old doctor and six others, now at large, stole some of her husband’s medical equipment.

He said that Enang listed the stolen medical equipment to include a `Rife medic’ and a `physiospect’ valued at N1.663 million.

According to Adamu, the physiospect was recovered from the house of the accused during investigation.

He told the court that the accused was arraigned on a two-count charge of joint act and theft contrary to sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code.

The accused however pleaded not guilty of the charges levelled against him.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Christopher Oba, granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with a reasonable surety who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

He said the surety must be a civil servant on not lower than GL 10.

Oba then adjourned the case to Feb. 21 for further hearing.


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