The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Dr. Noah Kekere, a medical doctor, on charges of purportedly conducting organ harvesting within his hospital in Jos, the capital of the state.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Alabo Alfred, said the Command arrested the medical doctor after receiving a complaint from the victim’s husband.
He stated that the suspect is currently in custody, and an investigation is in progress to ascertain his level of involvement, aiming to determine whether he should be charged in court or not.
It was gathered that a local businessman in Jos, Alhaji Kamal, has accused the medical doctor of unlawfully removing one of his wife’s kidneys and subjecting her to enduring pain over the past five years.
He recounted the events, explaining that in 2018, his wife, known as Kehinde, began experiencing stomach pain. She was promptly taken to the clinic owned by the accused, situated in the Nasarawa Gwong area of Jos North local government area. The doctor’s diagnosis indicated that the victim had appendicitis, suggesting that it had already ruptured, necessitating immediate surgery.
The husband, who resides in the Rikkos area of Jos North, explained, “Approximately eight years ago, my wife fell ill, and she was recommended to visit a hospital run by Dr. Noah Kekere in the Yanshanu area of Nasarawa Gwong community in Jos North local government area. During my visits to see my mother at the hospital, I became acquainted with the doctor.”
“When my wife became ill in 2018, suffering from intense stomach pain, my mother advised us to take her to that hospital because my wife had previously accompanied my mother to appointments with the doctor when she was unwell. Upon our arrival, the doctor conducted a scan and diagnosed my wife with ruptured appendicitis, insisting on immediate surgery. He presented us with a bill of N140,000 for the procedure,” he recounted.
“When I reached out to some people to inquire about the steep bill, as I was contemplating taking her to JUTH (Jos University Teaching Hospital), they recommended that we proceed with the surgery to save her life,” he added.
“The doctor inquired about the amount of money I had available, and I mentioned N80,000, in addition to other charges for medications. However, even after the surgery, my wife continued to experience excruciating stomach pain, and the doctor consistently demanded more money from me over the past five years. On the day of the surgery, the procedure started at 12 pm and lasted until 8 pm. Despite her ongoing pain, I chose to keep taking her to the same hospital because I didn’t want to switch doctors mid-treatment. However, as her pain persisted, I made the decision to visit 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 incident to the Nasarawa Gwong Police, and the doctor was taken into custody two days ago,” he concluded,” he added.