By Emmanuel Udom
Fabian Okorie, 61, and Davis Izose, 40, were happy jolly good fellows with good health, hustling daily to make ends meet.
But, first week of March, this year, they were attacked by fully armed suspected hoodlums around Alaba international area of Ojo Town in Lagos.
Speaking with our correspondent, the duo said the hoodlums inflicted machete cuts of them, while they were waiting for bus, after the close of business at the market, around 7.15.am.
Their words: ‘We were rushed to Favourland Maternity and Child Hospital, located at 14, Adeyemi Street, Ojo Town, Lagos, where one Miss Ada, who claimed to be a trained and certificated medical doctor attended to us’.
At the end of the day, Okorie was asked to pay N283, 750 as medical bill incurred, while Izose got N181, 850. A little over N200, 000 was paid by the duo before treatment commenced.
Family sources later argued that the about N500, 000 presented to the victims were on the high sides, compared to the treatments that they received and pleaded Ada to reduce the bill.
The matter, it was gathered later degenerated to arguments when the said doctor stood her grounds, insisting she had to be paid for her professional service rendered.
But, sources in Ojo Town, who spoke off records, said the said Ada may not be trained medical doctor, but a nurse running an unregistered hospital.
Based on suspicion the matter was reported at the human rights office of the Lagos state police command headquarters in Ikeja, and the said Ada, drilled by the police, confessed Wednesday last week that she was not a medical doctor, but a trained nurse.
She however confirmed that she charged the duo that high because of the complex nature of the cuts they received from the hands of the hoodlums.
Okorie and Izose at this point contracted the lawyer who met with the woman at the police office in Ikeja and pressed for a refund of N100, 000 out of the over N200, 000 paid by the victims.
But, when our correspondent called Ada after the meeting, she said she was being intimidated and vowed to contact her lawyer for the next line of action.
She was said not to be on seat when out correspondent visited her hospital to hear her own side of the story, even as sources in Ojo alleged that she seems to be uncontrollable, fake, and intimidating in her dealings with people.
However, the duo visited the Lagos state university teaching hospital, on referrals from LASEMS through Dr Idowu and Dr Animashaun of LASUTH, on examination, 27/04/2021, advised that the cases should be reviewed for expert management.
Muyiwa Adejobi, Lagos police spokesman, said he could call for the case file so as the study it and react appropriately. But, as at the time of filling this report, he was yet to get back to us.