The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria,FANN said it had arrested 90 persons at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for presenting fake COVID-19 test results.
It said the arrests were part of efforts to rid the nation’s airports of touting and extortion, owing to complaints by travellers of being extorted by personnel at airports particularly since the outbreak of COVID-19.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said 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, unauthorised entry, trespass, illegal facilitation, forgery, loitering, theft, public nuisance and arguments, among others.
“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 same.”
FAAN also warned people who do not have any legitimate business at airports, as well as airport staff carrying out illegal duties to desist from such acts.