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FCCPC arraigns cosmetic surgeon for obstructing investigation

Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju, a Lagos based surgeon in cosmetic surgery, popularly known as Dr. Anu, was on Friday, arraigned by Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, for obstructing its investigation into the case of her services, which allegedly led to the death of one Mrs Nneka Onwuzuligbo, her client.

Dr Anu Adepoju, was arraigned alongside with her hospital, Med Contour Services Limited.

The Commission arraigned her on a five counts charges before Justice Mohammed Liman, in which the FCCPC accused the cosmetic surgeon of shunning summons by the agency to appear and produce certain documents, concerning the case under investigation.

The FCCPC, in a six-paragraph affidavit of completion of investigation, which it attached to the charge sheet, the commission said it received complaints against Adepoju from one Marlene Oluwakemi, Taiwo Temilade and Vivian Onwuzuligbo that the surgeon’s services “are unsafe for consumers,” and that she made “false, misleading and deceptive representation in relation to the marketing of their services.”

The charge sheet stated that, “In particular, the above-mentioned Vivian Onwuzuligbo, a member of the Mrs Nnneka Miriam Barbara Onwuzuligbo (now deceased) alleged that the deceased died as a result of the failed defendants’ cosmetic surgery and she is privy to the events that led to the demise of the deceased.”

Babatunde Irukera, the prosecuting counsel for the FCCPC, said the incidents happened between April 15 and May 4, 2020, at No. 11a Ladi Alakija Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

According to Irukera, Adepoju acted contrary to sections 33(3)(a) and 113(4)(a) of the FCCPC Act 2018 and was liable to be punished under sections 33(3) and 113(1) of the same Act, among others.

Dr Anu Adepoju, the defendant, pleaded not guilty to all the five counts charges pressed against her.

She was, however, admitted to bail on self- recognition by Justice Liman admitted, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Liman then adjourned the case till July 9, for the commencement of trial.

The presiding Judge, earlier in the proceeding, dismissed a preliminary objection raised by the defence lawyer, Marian Jones, challenging the validity of the charges and the jurisdiction of the court to entertain them.

Dr. Anuoluwapo Adepoju, has for a while, been trending on the social media, for carrying out unsuccessful cosmetic surgery on some of her clients which has led to death or defective corrections on their body.

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