Gonen Segev, a former Israeli Minister of Energy and Member of Parliament who was recently arrested by Israeli authorities on allegations of selling state secrets to the Iranian embassy in Abuja, has been running a private clinic in Abuja for several years.
The ex-Israeli Minister who had his medical licence seized by Israeli authorities in 2007, built Step In Clinic in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja where findings revealed he had been working with about two assistants and a number of nurses, technicians and has been treating members of the diplomatic corps and some Nigerians under the name Dr Gonen S. Wundermann, despite not having a medical licence to practice.
Sogev who was arrested while attempting to smuggle thousands of ecstasy drugs from the Netherlands into Israel, was Israel’s energy minister between 1994 and 1995, and one of the youngest members elected into the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) in 1992, had his medical licence seized following his conviction in 2004 for drug trafficking. He was also convicted for forgery and fraud after using pencil to extend his diplomatic passport to avoid being searched by Dutch authorities while trafficking the drugs.
After reporting his ATM card stolen, Segeve was photograped making withdrawals with the card in Hong Kong by the ATM camera. This earned him another conviction for fraud. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment and his appeals to shorten his jail term and have his medical licence reinstated were both rejected by an Israeli court.
After his release from prison, Segev moved to Nigeria and established Step In Clinic, which was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission on November 1, 2013 with an RC number 1151144 and an address at Niafunke Street, Wuse II. However the clinic is at the moment located on Sfax Street, Wuse Zone 4.
Since his arrest last week, the clinic has been closed, as Daily Trust on Sunday found out, with the gate padlocked and no one to answer queries. Even the phone number listed on the hospital has been unreachable.
A security man who works close to the clinic told newsmen on Sunday, that the clinic has been in operation for years and has been treating both Nigerians and expatriates. He is reported to have saved the life of the ambassador of a European country who fell seriously ill while serving in Nigeria.
The ex-Israeli Minister even received a letter of praise from the Israeli foreign ministry for saving the life of an Israel security guard, and Segev tried to leverage on this to have his licence reinstated to no avail.