The Nigeria Police, attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos has nabbed and paraded five COVID-19 certificate suspects at the airport, while two others are still at large.
The Police said the suspects, Achibong Idonrenyin, Moses Samuel, Popoola Adewale, Wale Aderele, and Abdulmalik Ibrahim, deal in selling fake COVID-19 negative certificates to unsuspecting travelers within the international wing of the airport.
The suspects at large are Shehu Imam and Adeola Darlington who work with Sky Blue Services Limited, a cleaning service at the airport.
The Commissioner, Airports Command, Mr. Bature Umar, briefing journalists on Thursday, said the incident happened on February 19 at the airport where a British Airways passenger, Michael Osagbogun, was defrauded of the sum of N50,000 for the COVID-19 test.
According to the Umar, one of the suspects had approached Osagbogun promising to produce a Covid-19 test negative certificate for him.
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.
Despite the payment, he said, the victim who was on his way to London, the United Kingdom was denied boarding by the officials of the airline based on the fake COVID-19 negative certificate he presented at the counters.