Five persons have been nabbed by the Nigeria Police Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos Command, for tendering fake COVID-19 certificate.
The names of the arrested suspects have been identified as Archibong Idonrenyin, Moses Samuel, Popoola Adewala, Wale Aderele and Abdulmalik Ibrahim, and it was also gathered that two others identified as Shehu Imam and Adeola Dalington who work with Sky Blue Services limited, a cleaning service at the airport are now at large.
The Commissioner, Airport Command, Mr. Bature Umar, told newsmen that the incident took place on February 19, 2021 at the airport where a British Airways passenger, Michael Osagbogun was defrauded N50,000 for fake COVID-19 test.
The suspects had went to Osagbogun promising to produce a Covid-19 test positive certificate for him. Two of the suspects identified as Popoola Adewale and Adeola Dalington, who knew the airport environment very well due to the nature of their jobs there, allegedly took the victim to one of the toilet facilities at the airport where N50,000 was gotten from him under the pretext of producing a valid Covid-19 negative certificate for the victim.
They reportedly took Osagbogun to DAT Cybercafe at No. 4, Oriyomi Street, Ikeja where a fake Covid-19 negative certificate was eventually made available for him. He was stopped from flying to London, United Kingdom after it was discovered that he has a fake COVID-19 certificate.
The alarm he raised triggered the arrest of four suspects and a guarantor to one of the two suspects now at large.
Though the suspects have claimed it was their first time of engaging in the criminal activity, Umar stated that investigation revealed the suspects had been in the crime for the past couple of months. The suspects would be arrained in the court of competent jurisdiction on Friday March 5.