ICPC Nabs Fake Medical Doctor Over Visa Scam


The operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, have arrested and detained a fake medical practitioner alleged to be involved in visa issuance fraud.

Investigatorssaid George Dawari who has been illegally operating as a doctor claimed to be a member of staff of the National Hospital, Abuja, a claim that was also been found to be false.

Dawari was arrested on June 5, 2015 after a petition against him was filed before the ICPC.



    In the petition, it was alleged that the accused demanded the sum of N450,000 from a couple with a promise to procure five -year visas to the United States for them and members of their family.

    It was gathered that after a warrant was obtained by the ICPC, a subsequent search on the residence of Dawari was carried out.

    It was in the course of the operation that operatives found out that Dawari had earlier offered to administer drugs on one female patient, under the pretence of being a medical doctor.

    Eagle eyed operatives equally discovered some medical equipment, including a stethoscope and medical overall with his name engraved on it,on his premises.

    Also discovered in the suspect’s house were six Nigerian passports, four of which had been stamped with United States visas.

    Investigators said the passports were subsequently sent to the American Embassy for authentication where it was discovered that the process for their issuance was fraudulent.

    The suspect is to be charged to court for violating Section 16 of the ICPC Act 2000 and Section 321 of the Penal Code.

    Meanwhile, the ICPC has requested members of the public that have had any medical or visa transactions with the Dawari to immediately seek remedial medical attention in hospitals and to also volunteer such information to the ICPC.

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