Police in Anambra State have arrested four persons for allegedly claiming to be officials of the Ministry of Health and distributing COVID-19 products to unsuspecting members of the public in Onitsha.
The police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested with several surgical masks, hand sanitizers against Coronavirus, produced locally under unhygienic conditions.
He gave their names as Anthony Chidubem Oyatubo (30), Nwachukwu Chidi (31, Chris C.Okeke (30) and Olisa Moura (25).
He said, “Suspects who allegedly 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 flyers, hand sanitizers and face masks which they produced locally under unhygienic conditions and 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 suspects were neither government workers nor health officials as they claimed but misguided elements who took advantage of the present pandemic situation to market their unhygienic products to the oblivious buyers.
Exhibits recovered in their possessions includes, three cartons of hand sanitizers, flyers, several reflective jackets, four caps and over fifty nose masks.”