An alleged quack doctor, identified as Eyinnaya Iheukwumere, has been arrested by the Rivers State Police Command for reportedly killing a 20-year-old woman identified as Rachael Samson and selling her baby.
The suspect, popularly known as Doctor Hagi, allegedly owns the ‘Hagi Medical Centre’ in Igwuruta in Ikwere Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that Doctor Hagi killed Ms Samson during a surgery in his facility.
In a bid to cover up his deeds, the quack doctor, according to Samson’s sister, instructed the nurses in his facility to notify the family of the deceased that she died in a car accident.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state, Grace Iringe-Koko, on Tuesday disclosed that the police has apprehended the suspect quack doctor.
Inringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, further said the matter has been transferred to the State Criminal and Intelligence Department for investigations.
She stated, “Yes I can confirm that Doctor Hagi has been arrested in a case of murder and the matter has been transferred to the State CID for discreet investigation. The details of the investigation will be made known to the public soonest.”
The suspect was paraded in October by the police command for alleged child trafficking.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Rivers State chapter, Dr Robinson Ebi, said Dr Hagi is neither a medical doctor nor a member of the association.
Ebi, in a statement, explained that there is a difference between alternative medicine practice and medical practice.
The state NMA Chairman urged the Nigerian police to add impersonation to the charges brought against the said Dr Hagi.
He called on the state Ministry of Health to collaborate with the NMA and the police to arrest quacks putting the lives of Rivers people in danger.