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Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the closure of an unnamed Covid-19 test center in Abuja.
According to NCDC, the center was issuing fake COVID-19 certificates to travelers.
Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu said that they found out the lab was collecting samples and extorting money from unsuspecting travelers but failed to test them.
He disclosed that, instead, they issued certificates claiming they had tested negative for the virus, enabling them to travel.
Mr. Ihekweazu added during the organization’s weekly briefing on Monday that a full list of accredited labs was available on the NCDC’s website and encouraged members of the public to only get tested at those centers.
He said that they were working on a platform where every lab in Nigeria could publish their test results which could then be easily verified by airlines or other countries wishing to check whether a result was genuine.
He did not specify when this platform would be ready.