The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a medical doctor, Noah Kekere, for alleged organ harvesting carried out in his hospital in Jos, the State capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Alabo Alfred, confirmed that the Command has arrested the medical doctor following a complaint by the husband of the victim.
According to him, the suspect was being detained, adding that an investigation was going on to determine his culpability or otherwise with the view to charge him in court.
Jos-based businessman, Alhaji Kamal, had accused the medical doctor of harvesting one of his wife’s kidneys and subjecting the woman to chronic pain in the last five years.
He narrated that sometime in 2018, his wife, simply identified as Kehinde, complained of stomach ache and she was rushed to the clinic owned by the suspect in the Nasarawa Gwong area of Jos North local government area where he diagnosed the victim and concluded that she had appendicitis that it had ruptured and needed urgent surgery.
The husband, a resident of the Rikkos area of Jos North, said, “About eight years ago, my wife was sick, so she was directed and she visited a hospital owned by one Dr. Noah Kekere at Yanshanu, Nasarawa Gwong community of Jos North local government area. In the process of going to see my mum in the hospital, I got acquainted with the doctor.
“When my wife fell sick in 2018, complaining of severe stomach pain, my mum encouraged us to take her there because my wife used to follow my mum to see the doctor when my mum was ill. As we got there, the doctor did a scan and said my wife had a ruptured appendicitis and must be operated upon immediately, and he billed us N140,000.
“When I called some people to ask about the high bill as I planned to take her to JUTH, they advised we should just go ahead and save her life.
“The doctor asked how much I had and I said N80,000, apart from other charges for drugs. But after the operation, my wife was still complaining about the pain and the man kept collecting money from me all these years.
The day the doctor conducted the operation, he started the operation from 12 pm till 8 pm and for the past five years, my wife kept complaining of severe stomach pains, I continued to take her to the same hospital because I did not want to change the doctor that started the treatment.
As she continued to have the pains, I decided to go to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) a few days ago, where we discovered that one of my wife’s kidneys had been removed.
“We reported the matter to the Police at Nasarawa Gwong and the doctor was arrested two days ago.”