Five arrested for issuing fake COVID-19 certificate

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The Nigeria Police Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos Command has paraded five persons for issuing fake COVID-19 certificate.

The suspects, Achibong Idonrenyin, Moses Samuel, Popoola Adewala, Wale Aderele and Abdulmalik Ibrahim, the police said specialise in selling fake COVID-19 negative certificates to unsuspecting travellers within the international wing of the airport.

The suspects at large are Shehu Imam and Adeola Dalington, who work with Sky Blue Services limited, a cleaning service at the airport.

Briefing journalists on Thursday in his office at the airport, Mr. Bature Umar, the Commissioner, Airport Command, said the incident occurred on February 19, 2021 at the airport where a British Airways passenger, Michael Osagbogun, was defrauded N50,000 for fake COVID-19 test.

According to the Commissioner, one of the suspects had approached Osagbogun promising to produce a Covid-19 test positive certificate for him.

Two of the suspects, Popoola Adewale and Adeola Dalington, who knew the airport environment well due to the nature of their jobs at the airport, allegedly took the victim to one of the toilet facilities at the airport where N50,000 was obtained from him under the pretext of producing a valid Covid-19 negative certificate for the victim.

Umar explained that one of the suspects took the victim to DAT Cybercafe at No. 4, Oriyomi Street, Ikeja where a fake Covid-19 negative certificate was eventually procured for him.

But despite the payment, he said the victim who was on his way to London, United Kingdom was denied boarding by the officials of the airline based on the fake COVID-19 certificate he presented at the counters.

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