#COVID19: 92 Travellers Arrested With Fake Vaccination Cards, PCR Test Results In Gabon

Out of the 92 persons arrested, 85 were found in possession of fake PCR test results which were confiscated.

At least 92 persons were arrested in possession of fake COVID-19 vaccination and PCR test results in Gabon.

Five of the 92 persons arrested tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the last situation report of the Gabonese National Committee for the Fight Against the Coronavirus (COPIL), they were arrested from among 9,763 persons who transited through different entry ports in the country.

A senior COPIL official declared in Libreville on Friday, Jan. 14 that “hardly a week passes without the COPIL mix brigade laying hands on fake documents presented by travellers at railway stations, seaports or even airports.”

“Proof of this was once again found last week within the context of surveillance effected from Tuesday 4 to 10 January at different ports of entry.”

Out of the 92 persons arrested, 85 were found in possession of fake PCR test results which were  confiscated. Thirty-four of these were obtained in collaboration with staff of the Gabonese railway, another 34 at Mole port in Libreville, and 17 at the airport.

One fake coronavirus vaccination card was also seized as well as six vaccination attestations.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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