Police in Anambra State has arrested four men for impersonating the Anambra COVID-19 team.
The spokesperson for Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed who disclosed this said the men were arrested with several surgical masks, and hand sanitizers discovered to have been produced locally under unhygienic conditions.
Haruna said, “On the 31/3/2020, at about 3pm, following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Central Police Station, Onitsha arrested the syndicate.
“They include; Anthony Chidubem Oyatubo ‘m’ aged 30 years of Nimo, Njikoka LGA, Nwachukwu Chidi ‘m’ aged 31 years of Awka, Chris C.Okeke ‘m’ aged 30 years – of Awka and Olisa Moura ‘m’, aged 25 years of Onitsha.”
He said the suspects claimed to be officials of the Ministry of Health, fully kitted with reflective jackets and caps with inscriptions”FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19″ were arrested with the items which were considered fake.
“They were selling the products to the unsuspecting members of the public as well as distributing same to various outlets in Onitsha before their arrests.
“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were neither government workers nor health officials as they claimed but misguided elements who took advantage of the present pandemic to market their unhygienic products to buyers.
“Exhibits recovered in their possessions include three cartons of hand sanitizers, flyers, several reflective jackets, four caps and over fifty masks.
“The case is under investigation, after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution,” he said.