Lab technician in court for allegedly issuing fake COVID-19 test result

 A 29-year-old laboratory technician, Eiyonoria Godwin, on Monday appeared a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Gwagwalada, FCT, for allegedly issuing a forged COVID-19 test result.

police charged Godwin with two counts of cheating and forgery.

prosecution counsel, Dabo Yakubu, told court that defendant collected N25,000 from Mr Eric Ogona of no. 4 Unity street, Benin city, to conduct a COVID-19 test on March 7.

Yakubu said defendant took Ogona to Nyanya Hospital and collected sample for the test.

He said that on March 8, the defendant gave a fake and forged SAR-COV-2 RT- PCR result from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Reference Laboratory Gaduwa Durumi III, FCT, Abuja to Ogona.

Yakubu said that the result was reported and signed by Catherine Okoi, COVID-19 Laboratory .

He said that on March 9, Ogona was arrested the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport by Dr Edesiri Izu, who confirmed that the result was fake and forged.

The counsel, Charles Abalaka, prayed the court to grant client bail in the most liberal terms.

He cited sections 158 and 162 of the Administration of criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 to support claims for bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Aliyu Shafa, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000, with two reasonable sureties in like sum.

Shafa, who said the sureties who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, adjourned the case until April 22 for hearing. (FCT)