The Senate on Tuesday resolved to investigate 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 decision to investigate the allegation against the Ghanaian authorities was an outcome of a motion, following numerous allegations and complaints made by Nigerian travellers isolated at Ghanaian isolation facilities.
The motion is 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.”
It was sponsored by Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara Central).
Oloriegbe 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.”