FCT Police nab 3 for producing fake COVID-19 exemption tags


…Recover fake tags, ID cards

In furtherance with the ongoing effort by the FCT Police Command to check the proliferation of fake COVID-19 exemption tags, Police detectives from the Command Intelligence Bureau acting on tip-off have arrested three suspects for producing fake FCT COVID-19 exemption tags.

A press statement by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Tuesday in Abuja, said: “The suspects, Ahmed Adeiza, 24; Oniya Arinze John, 19; and Donald Douglas, 18; were arrested by police detectives on April 20, 2020, at UTC, Area 10, Garki, and Enugu Street, Garki, Abuja.

“The exhibits recovered from Ahmed Adeiza include: one fake FCT COVID-19 exemption tag, eight fake presidential Taskforce exemption tags, two flash drives, one laptop, two fake Police Spy identity cards and some dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.”While Oniya Arinza John and Donald Douglas were arrested in possession of 10 fake FCT COVID-19 exemption tags. According to Ahmed Adeiza, each of the tags are sold at N1,500.”
Manzah further stated that, “Since the commencement of this operation, the command has arrested a total of nine suspects who produce the fake COVID-19 exemption tags, and seven suspects who obtained the fake tags and are using same to defy the Presidential lockdown order.”He said the Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, CP Bala Ciroma, has warned that all persons arrested in possession of fake exemption tags risk prosecution.

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