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The cognizance of the Covid-19 pandemic in the national consciousness has been reduced to the necessary but inconvenient vaccine certificate needed for international travel. This necessary requirement has created an illegal business environment whereby fake vaccine certificates, as well as positive or negative Covid-19 tests can be acquired without having to actually take the vaccine or tests themselves. In January this year, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced that they had arrested 90 persons allegedly involved with fake COVID-19 test certificates and touting at two of Nigeria’s busiest airports, the Nnamdi Azikiwe and Murtala Muhammed international airports in Abuja and Lagos, respectively.

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