Nigeria shuts test centre over fake covid-19 test results
London, Feb. 9, 2021 (AltAfrica)– Nigeria government says it has sealed a covid test laboratory in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, for allegedly collecting funds and issuing fake test results.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, NCDC, who disclosed this during the Presidential Task Force ( PTF) on COVID-19 national briefing in Abuja on Monday, explained that test samples were collected by the testing centre but there was no evidence that tests were carried out.
“You may all recall the investigative report by a media house at the end of 2020 on fake testing results being issued especially for travel results.
“This is a challenge for us at NCDC, for the labs and the PTF as well.
“Just last week, the FCT Administration supported us in the investigation and sealing of an illegal testing centre. This centre had been collecting funds from citizens and issuing fake results.
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“In these fake laboratories and testing sites, samples are collected but there is no evidence they are actually tested.
“It is not only fraudulent but can also contribute to the increasing spread of the virus and loss of lives,” he said.
Controversy as CACOVID disowns BUA’s purchase of 1 million COVID-19 Vaccines for Nigeria
The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has disowned BUA’s purported plan to purchase one million COVID-19 vaccines singlehandedly for Nigeria.
BUA was quoted on Monday that it has paid for 1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria through the AFREXIM Vaccine programme in partnership with CACOVID.
Speaking on this development, Philanthropist and Founder of BUA, Abdul Samad Rabiu thanked the President of the Afrexim Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah for making the purchase possible and the Nigerian Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for coordinating the process through the CACOVID Private Sector partnership.
But CACOVID in a statement said it was dismayed to learn of reports on social media alleging that BUA is singlehandedly purchasing 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for Nigeria.
“Alhaji Abdulsamad must have been misquoted because these claims are not factual as CACOVID operates on a collegiate fund contribution model. There is no agreement between BUA, CACOVID and Afreximbank.
“During the CACOVID weekly call of February 8th, Governor Emefiele, relayed to the larger group a call that he held with Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Herbert Wigwe with Afreximbank President, Benedict Oramah on Sunday Feb 7th. President Oramah briefed the 3 CACOVID leaders on the $2 billion facility the Bank has set up with the African Union Vaccine taskforce to purchase vaccines for the African Continent.
“The allocation for Nigeria has been capped at 42 million doses. President Oramah explained that 1 million doses were ready for shipment to Nigeria in the next 2 weeks if a down payment was made by today, February 8th,” it explained.
CACOVID added that at Monday’s meeting, its leadership agreed to contribute $100 million to procure vaccines for Nigeria, sating that these 1 million doses from Afreximbank worth $3.45 million, being the very first tranche.