COVID-19: SENATE TO INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTS TO DEFRAUD NIGERIAN TRAVELERS WITH FAKE RESULT
Written by Samson Ojeniran on September 28, 2021
The Senate says it will investigate allegations of fake COVID-19 test results used to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians in Ghana and the use of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in Nigeria.
The motion titled “Urgent need to conduct an investigation on allegation of fake COVID-19 test results being used to defraud Nigerians in Ghana and the obtainment of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards” is sponsored by Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central).
Senator Oloriegbe also the chairman of senate committee on Health added that there is the allegation that the Ghanaian authorities are diagnosing Nigerians who travel to their country with fake covid results insisting they are positive even after testing negative in Nigeria;
Thereby mandating Nigerians who visit their country to isolate for two weeks and subject them to pay about seventy thousand naira or per day;
He affirmed that the allegation was exposed by a Nigerian artiste, who was told in Ghana that he had Covid-19 even after testing negative at a Nigerian facility in Nigeria. He rejected the result insisting it was fake
The artist was deported from Ghana by the authorities and he proceeded to New York in the United States, where his test result on arrival came out negative.
The lawmakers also appealed to the upper chamber to investigate another allegation on the United Kingdom’s refusal to acknowledge the vaccination cards and tests results issued to travellers by facilities in Nigeria.
Accordingly, the upper chamber in its resolution directed its Committees on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), Primary Health and Communicable Diseases, and Foreign Affairs to conduct detailed investigations on the two allegations of fake COVID-19 test results.