- There is the sale of fake COVID-19 certificates in Lagos for persons leaving the country
- The revelation was given by the commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi
- However, Abayomi said the state government is bent on getting hold of the criminals
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The Lagos government has alerted residents in the state that some dubious persons are now selling fake COVID-19 certificates to travelers.
This was revealed on Monday, December 28, by the commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, during a press briefing on the situation of the second wave of the virus, PM News reports.
However, Abayomi noted that the government is making decisive moves to track and arrest perpetrators of this crime.
The commissioner said:
“It has come to our attention that a number of people are patronizing individuals that sell fake COVID-19 results.
“We are currently putting in processes to identify both buyers and sellers and we will not hesitate to prosecute either to the full extent of the law.”
Earlier, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had dismissed reports that about 40% of arriving passengers who presented negative COVID-19 test results were actually positive.
This claim had raised fears and suspicion among Nigerians who believe that the development, if proven to be true, would sky-rocket the situation of the virus in the country.
In fact, there are concerns that there was a scam among travellers who present fake test result certificates in airports on arrival.
However, speaking with journalists on Wednesday, September, 16, the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekeazu, denied the reports, adding that there is no data to substantiate them.
“Firstly, there is no data to show that 40 per cent of travellers that returned since the resumption of international travel have COVID-19. This is simply wrong. “The PTF-COVID-19 has made the repeat test in Nigeria mandatory to reduce the risk of spike in cases as we resume international flights.
"The international travel portal, which we have developed, is to enable us to track the number of travellers into the country and ensure the required tests and follow-up are carried out."
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