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Senate Probes Alleged Fake COVID-19 Test On Nigerian Travellers In Ghana

SENATE

September 28, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Senate has opened investigation into allegations of fake COVID-19 test results to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians in Ghana and the use of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in Nigeria.

The development followed allegations and complaints made by Nigerian travelers isolated at Ghanaian isolation facilities.

Moving a motion,  titled, “Urgent need to conduct 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”, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara Central), urged the Upper chamber to investigate the allegation.

He said, “There is a serious allegation that the Ghanaian authorities are diagnosing Nigerians who travel to their country of testing positive for Covid even after testing negative in Nigeria.

“The Ghanaian authorities, usually, commit Nigerians who visit their country to isolation for two weeks and are made to pay about N70,000 per day.

“The allegation was exposed by a Nigerian artiste who was told in Ghana that he had Covid-19 even after testing negative at a facility in Nigeria.

“He rejected the result and insisted that it was a fake result. He was deported and kicked out of Ghana by the authorities and proceeded to New York in the United States of America where his test result on arrival came out negative.

“Nigerians travelling to Ghana or through Ghana lamented that they are made to pay almost N1m while in isolation.

“If not properly investigated and addressed, the exploitation will continue, thereby, unlawfully taking away the resources of Nigerians in this global economic recession.”

Oloriegbe said,  if the allegation of people obtaining and using fake Covid-19 vaccination cards to travel is not debunked, it may have negative consequences for Nigerians with genuine COVID-19 vaccination cards from travelling outside the country.

He further asked the Senate 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.

The Senate 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 being used to defraud Nigerians in Ghana and obtainment or use of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.