“Suspects in Police net over child theft, not staff nor doctor with UCTH”
BY: Our Admin
The Management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital UCTH says the purported Medical Doctor reported in one of the national dailies as well as on some online news sites as the staff of the UCTH is not one. “He is an impostor”.
The hospital disclaimer titled, “DR VICTOR ONONGHA IS AN IMPOSTOR” signed by the Director of Administration, Ededet Eyoma started thus: “We wish to inform the public that Dr. Victor Onongha and all those mentioned in the said publication are not on the employment list of the Hospital.”
“The general public is therefore advised to discountenance the said publications as they relate to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital please.”
The report in the said national daily was captioned; "Doctor, Lab Scientist, 15 others arrested for child theft" but was lifted by some online sites and re-captioned “UCTH, General Hospital Staff, 15 others arrested for Child trafficking”.
UCTH management regretted that the Police Command in Akwa Ibom State which issued the statement used by the media did not make an effort to confirm the identity of the suspect, Victor Onongha who claimed to be a doctor in UCTH when he is not.
The Statement from the Police Command in Akwa Ibom State had claimed that Onongha, who works with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital was arrested alongside a laboratory scientist, Hope Offor, and 15 others. Adding that a five-month-old baby was recovered from the suspects.
Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom State Command, Nnudam Fredrick who signed the police statement said the suspects were arrested on May 8, 2020, in the Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and Calabar, Cross River State, following a tip-off.
The Police statement read in part, “The suspects were arrested in Itu, Akwa Ibom State, and Calabar, Cross River State, following a tip-off that one Grace Asuquo Davis, the mother of a five-month-old baby, conspired with her sister, one Abigail Asuquo Davis, and sold the said child at the cost of N250,000 to one Dr. Victor Onongha.
“The transaction was perfected through two human trafficking agents, Clement Edem and Ekaette Okon Akpan.
“The said doctor was arrested and he confessed to the offense and led the police to arrest one Hope Jonah, a lab scientist working at the General Hospital, Calabar, who bought the child from him. “On further interrogation, Hope Jonah confessed to the offense and also led the police to the Nigerian Army barracks, Ebrutu, Calabar, where one Mrs. Patience Livingstone was arrested and the baby was recovered.
“Patience Livingstone, on her part, admitted that her husband, Orji Livingstone, bought the child at the cost of N660, 000 from the lab scientist, Hope Jonah Offor.”
Fredrick, who said the case was still under investigation, added that the suspects would be arraigned soon.
The disclaimer statement from the UCTH maintained thus: “The general public is therefore advised to discountenance the said publications as they relate to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital please.”