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Accused UNIUYO Prof’s medical report fake – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission Wednesday told an Akwa Ibom State High Court that the medical report tendered by the defence counsel for Prof. Ignatius Uduk, indicating that he was diagnosed of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, was fake.

Uduk, a professor of Physical and Health Education, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, is standing trial on three-count of electoral fraud bordering on announcing fake election results, publication of fake result scores and lying under oath.

Counsel for the defendant, Abasidiong Ekpenyong, had tendered a medical report from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, dated June 17, 2022 and signed by the Snr. Registrar, Dr. Akintunbo A. O., testifying that Prof Uduk was suffering from Bladder Outlet Obstruction (stricture) Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

However, during resumed proceedings in Uyo in which the defence counsel was absent due to ill health, counsel for INEC, Clement Onwuenwunor (SAN), tendered a report from the Lagos State Police Commissioner saying the earlier report on the ill health of the accused was fake.

According to Onwuenwunor the doctor who signed the fake medical report purportedly received from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, was not on the pay roll of the hospital.

He also told the court, that the defence counsel who skipped court on grounds of ill health since last week was seen in court the previous day in Ikot Ekpene.

He said since January when the accused was supposed to have opened defence, his counsel had used all kinds of tricks to delay and frustrate the case, and prayed the court to revoke the bail of the accused.

“He had medical challenge but unfortunately the letter was not filed in court as required by some of the decisions of the Supreme Court that if you want the court to act upon a letter of adjournment, you must file it appropriately in the registry; that was not done.

“For the letter of adjournment also, the excuse given was clearly unfounded because this counsel, who said he has been sick for several days, was seen yesterday in court 2, Ikot Ekpene, by one of my colleagues as I reported in court with the suit number where he appeared.Related News

“Just to show to the whole world that the gimmicks going on was just to frustrate the successful prosecution of this case, is that after the last date where the accused person was reported sick and the medical report was also presented, we caused an investigation into it.

“There is a police report from the Lagos State Commissioner of Police that the letter submitted on that last day was forged, and that Prof Uduk was never admitted in LASUTH, and that in fact, the doctor who signed the medical report is not on the nominal roll of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, that is a global institution that has serious prestige, and would never allow anyone to manoeuvre its record.

“What today’s proceeding showed for the whole world to see, is that the defence is simply not interested in going on with this case and I believe they have no defence so far, that is why they want to use this gimmick to frustrate this prosecution, but they would not succeed,” he stated.

The police report dated July 25, 2022, from the office of the Lagos State Police Commissioner, signed by both CP Special Squad and CSP Kehinde Johnson, O/C CPSS, State Headquarters, Ikeja, obtained by our correspondent read in part, “The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH, Ikeja from where the medical report purportedly emanated was contacted and it was revealed that the said Prof. Ignatus Uduk ‘m’ has never been admitted in LASUTH; and the Hospital has no record of him and could not have carried out any medical examination on him of the various ailment alleged in the medical report he presented, which has been confirmed to be fake.

“The medical report did not emanate from LASUTH, it is fake and the name of Dr. A.O. Akintunbo that signed the said medical report is not on the nominal roll of LASUTH.”

Reacting to the forged medical report, the accused, Prof Ignatius Uduk, said he was not privy to the matter, saying the case has dragged for too long.

“I am not privy to what is going on. If I was, I would not be here. Let me be taken to the medical clinic here for a test, I am sick and dying here. This case has dragged on for too long and I am not a part of it,” he stated.

In his response, the trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang, while expressing dismay that the defence counsel had delayed the case for too long, denied the application of INEC to revoke the bail of the accused.

The judge insisted that the defence must open its defence at the next adjourned date of August 8, 2022, saying, “I will not revoke the bail but we must return within this legal year and complete defences.”

Source: PUNCH

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