FAAN arrests 90 over fake COVID-19 results

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has arrested 90 persons at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for presenting fake COVID-19 test results, touting, and other offenses.

It said the arrests were done in a bid to rid the airports of touting and extortion, following incessant complaints by travelers of being extorted by personnel at airports particularly since the outbreak of COVID-19.

General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said in a statement that those arrested were caught carrying out nefarious activities at the airports.

She said, “The touts were arrested for various acts of illegality including fake COVID-19 test results, touting, unauthorized entry, trespass, illegal facilitation, forgery, loitering, theft, public nuisance, and arguments, among others.

“Some of those arrested are staff of Patovilki Nigeria Limited, Lakewood Services, Nacho Plc, and other airport staff.

“Of the total arrested, 59 were handed over to the airport police command in Abuja for prosecution, while 30 were handed over to the police force in Lagos for the same.”

FAAN used the opportunity to warn people who do not have any legitimate business at airports, as well as airport staff carrying out illegal duties to desist from such acts.



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