Meet Joseph Chikelue Obi and his army of supporters

Posted by Tim Ireland at 25 February 2008

Category: UK Libel Law

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The Register would have you believe that another ISP has cowardly caved to ridiculous legal threats, but I know better because I’ve read and heard the personal testimony of Doctor Joseph Chikelue Obi…

Dr Joseph Chikelue Obi Sensationally Appears On YouTube !

professorjosephchikelueobi.com – Dr Joseph Obi Wins Again !:

Financier of the Alternative Medicine Fights Back Campaign , Dr Joseph Obi , has maverickly brushed aside recent attempts to discredit him based on GMC Sponsored News Articles.

Speaking in Belfast where he is currently enjoying a wonderful weekend he said :

” When I was told that the Enemies of Alternative Medicine had recruited 5000 (Five Thousand) Bloggers to write rubbish about me 24 hours a day , ( every single day of the year ) , I said OK . . . Let’s wait and see precisely what they will say . . . (Because in my view , it is a perfectly Good Military Tactic to sit back and watch them all come creeping out of the woodwork , so that I know precisely what their capabilities are).

Well, I must say, he’s won me over… that is an *excellent* strategy, and I for one can’t wait to try it myself now that the supporters of Doctor Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi have had a chance to ‘come out of the woodwork’ (so to speak).

Let’s begin with the video linked above, brought to YouTube by WellnessFM:

Primary external website link: http://www.royalcam.org/

WHOIS: royalcam.org is registered in the name of the Royal College of Alternative Medicine (RCAM), 18-19 College Green, Dublin

[Psst! This address is one provided by this call centre provider.]

Like this video @ WellnessFM and this video @ WellnessFM, Obi’s appeal has been posted as a video reply to a largely unrelated but also largely popular video; this means that we cannot even reliably guesstimate how many interested parties there are (for or against), as an unknown amount of traffic has originated from the resulting referral link. The ‘links’ has been turned off, so we can’t see where any other inbound links are coming from. Finally, the only positive comment allowed under this video (so far) is this one:

However, it’s a start. Nice official-sounding and reassuring name, too. Following the profile link takes us to the YouTube Channel of MedicalDoctors:

Primary external website link: http://www.MedLC.org

WHOIS: medlc.org is registered in the name of Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi, 18-19 College Green, Dublin

Oh dear.

That’s not good.

But let’s press on. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for all of this, and it would be wrong of me to obsess over a possible sock-puppeting when there are real issues to be dealt with.

Looking up more about MedLC.org, I find this announcement from the General Medical Council Opposition Network:

General Medical Council Opposition Network – General Medical Council (GMC) fails bid to block Government Registration of Medical Licensing Commission (MLC):

Newsflash : It has just been revealed that Medical Licensing Commission has been duly incorporated as a lawful entity by the Government of the United Kingdom.

This comes after many months of Bitter Legal Wrangling whereby the General Medical Council (a ‘Registered Charity’) tried desperately to block State Recognition for the New Voluntary Regulatory Body (MLC).

The Official Registration Number of the Medical Licensing Commission is 05953931 , and it is billed to start lawful operations sometime next year , thereby offering Medical Graduates (Worldwide) the radical opportunity to obtain a hitherto unforseen additional form of Licensure which would allow them to still put their Medical Training to good use – even if they do not have (or find themselves suddenly losing) the Statutory Medical License to Practise in any chosen Jurisdiction.

The General Medical Council Opposition Network (run by someone who describes himself as ‘only a Sidekick of this Eminent Medical Rebel’ (i.e. Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi) urges its readers not to send them money directly to support their ‘Abolish The GMC’ campaign; they instead request that you direct money to the (third-party-provided) bookstore of Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi, the (third-party-provided) merchandise store of Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi or royalcam.org (see above).

But it wouldn’t do to assume that the General Medical Council Opposition Network is run by Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi, as some Wikipedia editors have recklessly claimed while discussing edits like this one from someone else with an official-sounding and reassuring username; MedicalNews.

Besides, the General Medical Council Opposition Network has received this shining endorsement from someone who also wishes us to know that we should Apply4Cash.co.uk

Primary external website link: http://www.Apply4Cash.co.uk

WHOIS: apply4cash.co.uk is registered in the name of Dr Joseph C. Obi, 7 Mersey Place, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 3ST

[Psst! This is a residential address, but not a current one for The Obi One. See comments.]

Erm, let’s move on, shall we?

What I’m going to do is take these endorsements for Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi and the Medical Licensing Commission at face value and see what else I can learn from these non-poisonous websites.

Appearing on the above website and on the MLC website is a (third-party-provided) animated Flash ad. The full script for this ad is below:

This is Maria your medically qualified wellness consultant speaking. The Grand Master of the Medical Licensing Commission has kindly asked me to put you through your professional registration paces. Thankfully, he will be passing by from time to time to see how well we are getting on. We really do have so many administrative formalities to cover in such little time, so I must publicly request all qualified medical graduates to email all of the necessary documentation and fees without delay to enable us to duly induct them into a brand new clinical profession.

A brand new clinical profession, you say? Headed by Professor Grand Master Joseph Chikelue Obi, no less?

And it sounds like they have a *lot* of work to do.

Wow, no wonder Grand Master Joseph Chikelue Obi is so concerned that some bloggers are colluding with the GMC in a clear attempt to undermine his reputation!

Thankfully, now that I look closely, I can also see some bloggers batting for him:

The British Loans weblog carries a supportive article entitled ‘Royal College of Alternative Medicine Boss Defeats General Medical Council’.

Primary weblog URL: http://www.north-east.org.uk/ (formerly used to promote an english school by ‘DrJCObi@aol.com’)

WHOIS: north-east.org.uk is registered in the name of Dr Joseph Chikelue Obi, 7 Mersey Place, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 3ST

Erm, moving on, Grand Master Obi also enjoys the support of the NHS Alternative Medicine weblog, and…

Primary weblog URL: http://www.nhsalternativemedicine.com/

WHOIS: nhsalternativemedicine.com is registered in the name of Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi, 18-19 College Green, Dublin

Profile: Same blogger profile used for nhsalternativemedicine.com and professorjosephchikelueobi.com includes email address ProfessorJCObi@aim.com and primary link to clinicalschool.org (also registered in the name of Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi, 18-19 College Green, Dublin)

Erm… well, there are lots of other weblogs supporting him, too. Look:

The UK Credit weblog
The Irish Loans weblog
The Self Care Clinic weblog
The Cancer Care Clinic weblog
The Self Medication Clinic weblog
The Irish Doctor weblog

Profile: Same Blogger profile used for UK Credit, Irish Loans, Self Care Clinic, Cancer Care Clinic, Self Medication Clinic, Irish Doctor … and the Medical Licensing Commission (M L C)

Primary external website link: http://www.MedLC.org

WHOIS: medlc.org is registered in the name of Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi, 18-19 College Green, Dublin

Erm…

No, I’m sorry, but you cannot shake my love for this man, his mission to protect other human beings, and his downright adorable desire to give punctuation the breathing space it deserves.

I’ll carry no truck with any blogger who dares to question his credentials, mock his entrepreneurial leanings or suggest that he is such an irrepressible quack that he now seeks to begin an independent accreditation system for all quacks, because – while he may not have an army of supporters – he’s still got *me*.

And the worst that I’ll say about him is that I think it *might* be fair to say that he *may* be projecting a little when he claims to be the victim of ‘Internet Spamming Technology’.

Related bloggage:
The Quackometer – Ethical Quackery, the Monarchy and Kate Moss
The Quackometer – More Threats to the Quackometer

Related articles:
The Evening Chronicle – Shamed doctor probe (see also; ‘avoid at all costs‘)
icTeeside – Probe Doc says ‘I’m the victim’ [at 31 quid a minute!]
Independent.ie – Banned doctor claims to head college that does not exist








11 Comments

  1. Wolf Solent says

    A friend has been doing a bit of digging and has discovered that some of Obi's Irish companies are registered at a Belfast address which turns out to be a PO Box. This is illegal under Irish company law. Really, really fucking big scary monsters you-are-going-to-jail-for-fraud kind of illegal, I hope.That Evening Chronicle article is astonishing – I especially liked the bit about him nicking all his furniture from the neighbours!

  2. jailhouselawyer says

    He sounds just like the kind of doctor the Prison Medical Service used to be on the look out for.

  3. Manic says

    Mind your tongue, Wolf Solent. He merely borrowed furniture, and has not yet had time to return it.

  4. Wolf Solent says

    He is, however, *definitely* nicking bandwidth from the BBC site, to return to an earlier controversy for a moment… Go to http://www.blogger.com/profile/074105803870959451… and click on the 'NHS cake' graphic.

  5. Manic says

    Hahahahahahaha! So the GMC got to *you* too.:o)

  6. mjrobbins says

    HiVery interesting entry. I've done some further research myself based on some information from the UK electoral register (cost me a tenner, but some interesting stuff there). The Gateshead address you've posted here is actually his old residential address. (he has a new one). I've blogged on my findings here – http://layscience.net/?q=node/32 – if you're interested.Keep up the good work,Martin

  7. Manic says

    Thanks, Martin – and welcome to Bloggerheads. Post updated.I note in your post that properties where The Obi One is currently living cost "around 75k". Yesterday I tripped over the sale price of his old property…<a href="http://www.houseprices.co.uk/e.php?q=NE8+3ST&n=10&f=pd&quot; rel="nofollow"&gt <a href="http://;http://www.houseprices.co.uk/e.php?q=NE8+3ST&n=10&f=pd..” target=”_blank”>;http://www.houseprices.co.uk/e.php?q=NE8+3ST&n=10&f=pd... which was just under 75k (£74,950).My current theory is that The Obi One has no desire to climb the property ladder when he can instead send all of this excess income to war orphans.

  8. Crink says

    I notice that Googling for "Netcetera" or for "Fasthosts" reveals a nice cross-section of the controversy about each in the top 10 hits.That's good.I guess ISPs aren't going to grow any guts until it's clear that, if they jettison a customer to make their lives easy, they will lose business.

  9. mjrobbins says

    My estimate of £75k was pretty close then!I'm working my way through some more Obi-paperwork at the moment, so I may blog again on the subject very shortly.

  10. Manic says

    I look forward to it.I just blogged some extras myself:http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2008/02/tanj

  11. mjrobbins says

    As promised: a new entry here on dodgy business registrations and some potentially interesting accounting.http://layscience.net/?q=node/34Loved the new blog by the way. I feel we're really beginning to build up the big picture about this guy.[mod: Link fixed. No HTML in comments, but URLs will automatically generate a hyperlink. Cheers.]

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