By Funke Busari
A 35-year-old man, Longpies Hosen, has bagged a 28 day imprisonment for impersonating as a medical doctor at the University College Hospital, Ibadan on Monday.
A magistrate court in Ibadan sentenced the convict to 28 day imprisonment without an option of fine after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
While handing down the sentence, Magistrate Patricia Adetuyibi said that the prosecutor proved beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was guilty of impersonation and deserves to be punished for the crime.
The magistrate further said that the convict at the end of his jail term should be brought to the court so that the court clerk could assist in securing commercial transport for him to go to Jos.
The prosecutor, Police Constable Oluseye Oyebanji, told the court that the convict was arraigned on a one-count charge of impersonation as a medical doctor at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, at about 5.30 p.m on Tuesday.
The prosecutor also informed the court that the convict was caught when Dr Oketona Olajide, one of the doctors at the hospital, asked him some questions which he could not answer.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 108 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
He said some items, including a stethoscope, an appointment letter belonging to one Dr. Ehimen Oamen and University of Benin Teaching Hospital’s duty roaster, were recovered from the convict.
In his plea, the convict told the court that he lied to Olajide so as to get money to transport himself to Jos.
The convict confessed that the items recovered from him were stolen, adding that he had some spiritual problems which made him to lose his memory and regain it.