Police smash fake coronavirus certificate racketeers, apprehend five

Five suspected syndicates who specialized in forging fake coronavirus certificate have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)

Penpushing reports that, the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command and Aviation Security (AVSEC), Umar Bature, made this known at a press briefing held on Thursday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

The Commissioner explained that a 35 year old man, Adewale Aderele was an alleged guarantor to one of the suspects, who as at the time of filing this report was still on the run, and gave identities of the suspects as include: Archibong Idorenyin, (34) owner  of DAT Cyber Cafe,

The police boss disclosed that, two of the suspects, 35-year-old Shehu Imam, who  allegedly forged the Virology Screening test results, Abdulmalik Ibrahim (24) and Moses Sunday (20) who are staff of DAT Internet Café, and Popoola Adewale of Patovilki Airport cleaning services.

Penpushing further reports that, the po allegedly took illicit assignments from the airport to DAT internet cafe for the generation of fake coronavirus certificates and Adeola Darlington of Skyblue Services Ltd, are now at large.

The commissioner said the suspects they also lure passengers to the airport where various sums are extorted from them, adding that in the above mention incident, they extorted the sum of  N50, 000 from their ‘clients’

“On Feb. 18, Popoola Adewale and Adeola Darlington who have access to all the nooks and crannies of the international airport approached one Michael Osagbogu who was on a queue of a London bound aircraft and allegedly offered to help him procure COVID-19 certificate’.

“They, however, cornered the passenger to an isolated toilet at the airport where N50, 000 was extorted from him. Thereafter, the victim was handed over to Shehu Imam who took him to Archibong Idorenyin, owner of the internet cafe at 4, Oriyomi Street Ikeja.”

Penpushing also reports that, the police boss stated that, some of the suspects have taken to their heels, assuring that concerted efforts are being made by the combined team of detectives of the Airport Police and Aviation Security (AVSEC), command to track the runaway suspects.

The  who said the arrested suspects will soon be charged to court, said they( suspects) confessed to the crime adding that  exhibits, including N50,000 and laptops used to generate the fake coronavirus certificates were recovered from them.

Penpushing reports that, the commissioner, however, warned the public to follow due process in obtaining or procuring coronavirus certificates to avoid unscrupulous syndicates, stressing that the suspects will appear in court on Friday.

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