The police in Plateau State, Nigeria, say they have arrested a medical doctor – Noah Kekere – for allegedly carrying out organ-harvesting in his hospital in Jos – the state capital.

Spokesperson for the police, DSP Alabo Alfred, said they arrested the doctor following a complaint by the husband of the victim.

The suspect was being detained, Alfred said, adding that investigation was ongoing to determine his culpability or lack thereof with a view to charging the matter to court.

Alhaji Kamal – a Jos-based businessman – accused the doctor of harvesting one of his wife’s kidneys, subjecting her to chronic pain which she has suffered in the last five years.

Kamal narrated that: “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 12pm till 8pm 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 was removed.

“We reported the matter to the Police at Nasarawa Gwong and the doctor was arrested two days ago.”


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