November 02, 2019

EFCC to prosecute doctors who issue fake medical report to suspects on trial

EFCC says it is set to prosecute medical doctors who issue fake medical reports to those undergoing trial for financial crimes.

The acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this, on Friday, during an interactive session with anti-corruption stakeholders and journalists at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.

Magu also said many of these fake medical reports issued by
doctors actually frustrate pending cases in court.

“We will extend our investigation to doctors who gives fake medical reports to individuals who are facing different kinds of corruption cases. so we put them on.the spot. Some would win Senate and present serial medical results that they cannot appear in court. Some would be brought to the courtroom on a stretcher”.

”Many of these fake medical reports are actually the reasons why many of our cases in court are overstretched and go on for years endlessly,” Magu explained. 

Many corruption cases in recent years have been stalled over
alleged ailments suffered by the suspects, many of whom the
judges have been forced to grant permission to seek medical
treatment, usually overseas. The judges usually act on medical reports presented in court by the defence counsel on behalf of their clients.
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