Officers of the Anambra State Police command have arrested four persons for posing as officials of the Ministry of Health and distributing sub-standard COVID-19 products to unsuspecting members of the public in Onitsha.
The police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, revealed that the suspects were arrested with several surgical masks, hand sanitizers that were produced locally under unsanitary conditions.
Haruna 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.”