Abuja hospital denies publishing Fani-Kayode’s medical report

Kubwa General Hospital told the Lagos State Special Offenses Court, Ikeja, on Wednesday that a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, had never been a patient at the medical facility.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had brought the former minister before Judge Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe for 12 counts of forgery.

The EFCC charged Fani-Kayode with falsifying medical reports to mislead the court and providing documents under false pretences, in violation of Section 369 of the Lagos State Criminal Act , 2015.

When proceedings resumed on Wednesday, the hospital’s medical records officer, Bassey Amah, while being led into evidence by EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, noted that Fani-Kayode did not had no records with the hospital.

He said: “On October 3, 2021, Kubwa General Hospital received a letter from the EFCC to investigate the authenticity of a medical report on Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and the hospital’s investigation revealed that Mr. Fani-Kayode does not have to register with the establishment. The document is not authentic.

Amah, who further told the court that the hospital never issued a medical report to the defendant, said: “As I said earlier, Mr. Fani-Kayode is not our patient. and has no medical records in our hospital. The name is not even found there.

“The doctor who signed the medical report is not our doctor. The number is not our hospital unit number.

Previously, Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN), objected to the delivery of the EFCC’s letter of request to the hospital, dated October 3, 2021, and the response of the hospital, dated October 13, 2021.

Quakers objected on the grounds that the medical records officer was not the author of the document.

He said: “The witness introduced himself as Bassey Amah; he is not the creator. He can’t even testify on the document.

However, the EFCC lawyer, while responding, said: “The document presented is a public document. It was from Kubwa General Hospital and the witness testified under oath. He recounted how they received the document, how it was investigated, and how the letter was prepared.

Ruling on the admissibility of the documents, Judge Abike-Fadipe ruled that the hospital itself could not testify in court.

She said, “I’m not going to turn him down because his name isn’t on it. If the luthier is therefore not called at the end of the trial, I can then determine the weight to be given to the letter. I agree with you that he is not the manufacturer; I agree with that.

“The letter was issued by the medical director. The hospital itself cannot come to testify and can only do so through a human staff member. I am satisfied that the witness on the stand is competent to testify. »

Judge Abike-Fadipe adjourned the case until February 25, 2022.

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