- The police in Anambra said they have arrested four persons selling unhygienic COVID-19 products to the public
- Haruna Mohammed who is the state's police spokesman said the suspects falsely paraded themselves as officials of the Ministry of Health
- Mohammed said the suspects would be charged after investigations were concluded just as he urged members of the public to be wary of such syndicates
Four persons have been arrested in Onitsha for allegedly claiming to be officials of the Ministry of Health and selling "fake" COVID-19 products to unsuspecting members of the public, the police have said.
The spokesman of the Anambra state police command, Haruna Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Thursday, April 2, The Nation reports.
Mohammed said the suspects were arrested with several surgical masks, hand sanitizers which were reportedly produced locally under unhygienic conditions.
The names of the suspects who were arrested by police operatives attached to Central Police Station Onitsha are: Anthony Chidubem Oyatubo (30) of Nimo, Njikoka LGA, Nwachukwu Chidi (31) of Awka, Chris C.Okeke (30) and Olisa Moura (25)
“Suspects who allegedly claimed to be officials of the Ministry of Health, fully kitted with reflective jackets and caps with inscriptions “FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19” were arrested with flyers, hand sanitizers and face masks which they produced locally under unhygienic conditions and selling the products to the unsuspecting members of the public as well as distributing same to various outlets in Onitsha before their arrests," Mohammed said.
The police spokesman said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were neither government workers nor health officials as they claimed.
“Exhibits recovered in their possessions includes, three cartons of hand sanitizers, flyers, several reflective jackets, four caps and over fifty nose masks," he said.
Mohammed said the suspects would be charged after investigations were concluded.
The police spokesman urged members of the public to be wary of such syndicates and refrain from patronising them in order not to expose themselves to other health hazards.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a police inspector was arrested in Lagos on Wednesday, April 1, alongside two others in his vehicle for violating the stay-at-home order by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that President Buhari had ordered the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja as a measure to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lagos police command said the officer who was not on duty was going about his private business, disregarding the stay-at-home order.
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