The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arraigned the owner of Sahal Eye Specialist Clinic, Hussaini Arugaya, before Magistrate’s Court One in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Arugaya was charged with three counts of parading himself as a medical practitioner, carrying out a surgical operation on the right eye of one Elder Ndarake Akpe, and using the title, ‘Dr,’ which showed that he was authorised by law to practice as a medical practitioner.
“That you, Hussaini Yusuf Arugaya ‘m’ alias Dr. A. H. Arugaya on or about the 26 day of July, 2011 at No. 4 Park Lane, Eket, in the Eket Magisterial District, not being a registered medical practitioner and for the expectation of reward did practise as a medical practitioner by carrying out a surgical operation on the right eye of one Elder Ndarake Thomas Akpe and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17(1)(a) and punishable under Section 17(5)(b) of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap M8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”
The charge stated the offence contravened Section 17(1)(c), which was punishable under Section 17(5)(b) of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap M8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Arugaya pleaded not guilty to all the three counts.
His counsel, Mr. Akanimoh Asuquo, pleaded for bail.
The Magistrate, Mr. Lawrence Udenwa, granted him bail subject to payment of N300,000, a guarantor in like sum, and tax certificate for three years.
The matter was adjourned till October 28, 2013.
Arugaya was on September 17 arrested by a team of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and the State Security Service for allegedly operating illegal eye clinics.