Five Covid-19 certificate forgers have been arrested by the Police
Five Covid-19 certificate counterfeiters have been captured and paraded by the Nigeria Police at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Two individuals from the group of forgers are still on the run. The marched suspects , Achibong Idonrenyin, Moses Samuel, Popoola Adewala, Wale Aderele and Abdulmalik Ibrahim, as indicated by the police, have some expertise in selling fake Covid-19 positive testaments to clueless explorers inside the global wing of the Lagos air terminal.
Other suspects still on the run are Shehu Imam and Adeola Dalington who work with Sky Blue Services Limited, a cleaning service at the airport. Instructions writers on Thursday in his office at the air terminal, Mr. Bature Umar, the Commissioner of Police, Airports Command, said that the occurrence happened on February 19, 2021 at the airport when a British Airways traveler, Michael Osagbogun was swindled of the amount of N50,000 for Covid-19 test. As indicated by the Commissioner, one of the suspects had moved toward Osagbogun promising to create a Covid-19 test positive certificate for him.
” Two of the suspects, Popoola Adewale and Adeola Dalington, who knew the airport climate well because of the idea of their positions at the airport, took the victim to one of the latrine offices at the air terminal where the amount of N50,000 was acquired from him under the affection of delivering a substantial Covid-19 positive endorsement for the person in question.”
Umar further clarified that one of the suspects, took the casualty to DAT Cybercafe at No. 4, Oriyomi Street, Ikeja where a phony Covid-19 positive endorsement was at last secured for him.
” But despite the payment of the sum, the victim who was on his way to London, United Kingdom was denied boarding by the officials of the airline based on the fake Covid-19 positive certificate he presented at the counters.”
Umar likewise clarified that the consolidated group of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Aviation Security (AVSEC), an office in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) layed snare for the suspects before they could be captured.
On cross examination, Umar clarified that the suspects admitted to the wrongdoing, yet guaranteed that it was their first time of participating in the crime. He, notwithstanding, said that further examinations by the police uncovered that the suspects had been in the terrible wrongdoing for a while. He said:
“Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and the sum of N50,000, which they obtained from the victim was recovered from them, while the computer used for the crime has been impounded and will be used as exhibit in the court of law. “The passenger as far as we are concerned is a victim. He was the one that reported the case to us after he was denied boarding by the officials of the airline. So far, the suspects are providing information that will aid investigation to the police.”
He stated that the suspects would definitely be charged to court of competent jurisdiction on Friday.