COVID-19 test: FG probes bribery claim at Abuja airport

COVID-19 test: FG probes bribery claim at Abuja airport

- There are allegations that some international airports are collecting bribe from returning passengers to help them evade isolation

- FAAN on Sunday, August 16, reacted to this disturbing claim

- The airport authority called on evacuation passengers not to pay any money to any international airport for service rendered

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has responded to allegations that some airports are collecting cash from passengers on evacuation flights.

The claim has been on that officials of the Nnamdi Azikiwe received bribe from some passengers to evade the stipulated isolation due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

In light of this, FAAN has urged returning passengers, especially of this category, not to give any international airport cash for service rendered, Daily Trust reports.

FG probes bribery claim against COVID-19 test at Abuja airport
A Nigerian airport (Source: UGC)
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The organisation on Sunday, Augusts 16, said that investigation into the allegation is already underway.

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FAAN's general manager of corporate affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, made it clear that “there is no aspect of its services at the airports that are being paid for by cash.”

“Therefore, they should not pay any money whatsoever to any airport official for the purpose.”

Meanwhile, reported that the federal government of Nigeria had evacuated not fewer than 212 citizens from the North African country of Egypt.

The government confirmed the evacuation in an announcement made by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on its official Twitter handle on Friday, July 31.

According to NIDCOM, the Nigerians returned aboard an Egypt Air flight at about 1.50 pm Nigerian time.

The commission also shared pictures of the flight when it touched ground at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

NIDCOM also confirmed that all the returnees tested negative for the COVID-19 virus that was ravaging the globe.

They would, however, still proceed on self-isolation for some days. "All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 before boarding and will now proceed on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated Presidential Task Force on #COVID-19," the tweet read.

On Thursday, July 30, reported that as countries continue to battle with the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian government was doing all it can to bring back nationals stranded in other countries due to the lockdown.

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