Rivers police arrest ‘doctor’ for alleged murder, NMA disowns suspect

The Rivers State Police Command said it has arrested one Eyinnaya Iheukwumere popularly known as Doctor Hagi for allegedly killing a 20-year-old woman identified as Rachael Samson and selling her baby.

Iheukwumere, who allegedly owns the ‘Hagi Medical Centre’ in Igwuruta in Ikwere Local Government Area of the state, allegedly killed Samson during a surgery in his facility.

The sister of the deceased in an Instagram post alleged that Doctor Hagi asked a nurse in his facility to inform the family that she died in a car accident.

But speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said Doctor Hagi has been arrested.

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 PUNCH reports that 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.

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