The High Court of Akwa Ibom state sitting in Eket has sentenced a medical doctor, Nwaopara Adolphus Uche to two years in prison for stealing hospital beds.
Doctor Uche was said to have stolen the beds from Immanuel General Hospital and Immanuel Psychiatric Hospital all in Eket and taken them to his private clinic.
He was said to have used his position as the Medical Superintendent of Immanuel Psychiatric Hospital to commit the crime.
The court presided over by Hon. Justice Nsemeke Daniel convicted the 39-year-old doctor, a native of Mbiere in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, on a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.
Also convicted to one year imprisonment each were: Kubiat Anthony Isidore, a 28-year-old welder from Ikot Idim in Odoro Ikot, Essien Udim Local Government Area, who conspired with the doctor and Felix Samuel Ekwere, a 35-year-old security man in Immanuel General Hospital, from Ekpene Obo in Esit Eket who was caught moving out some of the stolen hospital beds from the hospital at night.
Samuel is said to have confessed to the Police that it was the convicted Medical Superintendent who sent him.
They were prosecuted by the State through the Ministry of Justice in charge number HEK/13C/2023.