Police ihave iarrested ifive ipeople ifor iallegedly iselling ifake iCOVID-19 iat ithe iMurtala iMuhammed iInternational iAirport i(MMIA), iLagos. iTwo iothers iwere isaid ito ibe ion ithe irun. iThe ipolice isaid ithe isuspects, iAchibong iIdonrenyin, iMoses iSamuel, iPopoola iAdewala, iWale iAderele iand iAbdulmalik iIbrahim, ispecialised iin iselling ifake iCOVID- i19 inegative icertificates ito iunsuspecting itravellers iwithin ithe iinternational iwing iof ithe iairport.
iThe isuspects iat large are iShehu iImam iand iAdeola iDalington, iwho iwork iwith iSky iBlue iServices iLimited, ia icleaning iservice iat ithe iairport.
Briefing ijournalists iyesterday iin ihis ioffice iat ithe iairport, ithe iAirports iPolice iCommand, iMr. iBature iUmar, isaid ithe iincident ioccurred ion iFebruary i19, i2021 iat ithe iairport iwhere ia iBritish iAirways ipassenger, iMichael iOsagbogun, iwas idefrauded iof iN50,000 ifor iCOVID-19 itest.
Umar isaid ione iof ithe isuspects ihad iapproached iOsagbogun iand ipromised ito iproduce ia iCOVID-19 itest inegative icertificate ifor ihim. iThe icommissioner iadded ithat itwo iof ithe isuspects, iPopoola iAdewale iand iAdeola iDalington, iwho iknew ithe iairport ienvironment iwell idue ito ithe inature iof itheir ijobs iat ithe iairport, iallegedly itook ithe ivictim ito ione iof ithe itoilet ifacilities iat ithe iairport iwhere iN50,000 iwas iobtained ifrom ihim iunder ithe ipretext iof iproducing ia ivalid iCOVID-19 inegative icertificate ifor ithe ivictim.
Umar iexplained ithat ione iof ithe isuspects itook ithe ivictim ito iDAT iCybercafe iat iNo. i4, iOriyomi iStreet, iIkeja, iwhere ia ifake iCOVID-19 inegative icertificate iwas ieventually iprocured ifor ihim. iBut idespite ithe ipayment iof ithe imoney, ihe isaid ithe ivictim, iwho iwas ion ihis iway ito iLondon, iUnited iKingdom, iwas idenied iboarding iby ithe iofficials iof ithe iairline ibased ion ithe ifake iCOVID-19 inegative icertificate ihe ipresented iat ithe icounters.
iHe isaid ithe ivictim iimmediately iraised ithe ialarm, iwhich iled ito ithe iarrest iof ifour isuspects iand ia iguarantor ito ione iof ithe itwo isuspects iat ilarge. iUmar iexplained ithat ithe icombined iteam iof ithe iCriminal iInvestigations iDepartment i(CID) iand iAviation iSecurity i(AVSEC), ia idepartment iin ithe iFederal iAirports iAuthority iof iNigeria i(FAAN), ilaid ian iambush ifor ithe isuspects ibefore ithey icould ibe iarrested.
The icommissioner iexplained ithat ion iinterrogation, ithe isuspects iconfessed ito ithe icrime, ibut iclaimed ithat iit iwas ithe ifirst itime ithey iengaged iin icriminal iactivity.
iHe, ihowever, isaid ithat ifurther iinvestigations iby ithe ipolice irevealed ithat ithe isuspects ihad ibeen iin ithe iheinous icrime ifor iseveral imonths.
iThe icommissioner ivowed ithat ithe icommand iwould inot irelent iin iits iactivities iat iexposing icriminal iactivities iwithin ithe iairport. iHe iadvised ithe itravelling ipublic ito ibe iwary iof ithe iactivities iof icriminals iwithin ithe iairport.
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