In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, September, 2020

‘I Paid 42okay Twice For COVID-19 Take a look at’

'I Paid 42k Twice For COVID-19 Test'

Ndubuisi Ekwulonu,

Ndubuisi Ekwulonu

Based on TheCable, Ndubuisi Ekwulonu, a Nigerian who got here into the nation from Sweden, says he was extorted in Abuja, as he paid twice for the obligatory COVID-19 take a look at for passengers on worldwide flights.

It’s obligatory for all passengers coming into the nation to offer destructive COVID-19 take a look at outcomes previous to boarding; passengers are additionally anticipated to pay for a repeat take a look at, which shall be performed after arrival.

Talking with Brekete Household, a actuality programme centered on human rights, in a viral video, Ekwulonu stated regardless of paying twice for the COVID-19 take a look at, his identify was not discovered on the listing of people that had been to be examined.

“On the airport, there’s a kind the federal authorities stated we’d fill on-line earlier than we go away the place we’re coming from. So after I crammed the shape, there are two choices; both I pay with card or on arrival. Due to the dangerous community in Nigeria, I selected the choice of paying on arrival,” he stated.


“So, on attending to Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, I used my ATM card and I confirmed them an image that I’ve crammed the shape and so they noticed the ‘seize’. They requested my passport quantity which I gave them and so they crammed it in on their pc and introduced out their POS. I paid and was debited N42,750.

“I used to be given two choices; one laboratory in Jabi, the opposite in Maitama. As a result of I dwell near Maitama, I selected that. However when you put the handle of the laboratory in Google, it can take you to Emab Plaza, one laboratory there.”

He stated on getting there, the individuals on the lab stated they had been unaware of what he was asking for and advised him to depart.


“So, I got here out, met a gateman to direct me to the place. He stated I ought to go to THISDAY Dome. I went there; they stated I ought to go to ministry of well being in secretariat. On the ministry, I used to be directed to MM, one convention centre. So, I took the taxi there and located the lab.

“I advised the man that they’ll ban me from the nation if I don’t do the take a look at and he stated he’ll ahead my info to Lagos which he did.”

Ekwulonu stated he waited on the laboratory the entire day for a response from Lagos, however sadly, none got here.


“I went house, got here again. He checked the system and stated my identify shouldn’t be on the listing they gave him. Fortunately for me, two individuals on the identical flight with me got here and couldn’t discover their names. Even my pal from Sweden couldn’t discover his identify,” he stated.

“Then they stated I should pay one other cash if I need to do the take a look at. I paid one other N42,750 and did the take a look at.

“This morning… I’m supposed to depart Nigeria on Saturday, they despatched me a message that I’ve to pay once more for one more take a look at.”

Ndubuisi, who was in tears, lamented the problem in securing a job as a Nigerian in Sweden.  He stated there are about 5,700 workers the place he works, however 5,000 had been sacked.

“And I used to be amongst these retained. It took me time to get this job as a result of I’m a Nigerian. Even a Rwandan will get a job earlier than you and these are individuals you recognize, in each side of life, you’re higher than them. Simply since you are carrying a Nigerian passport, to get a job shall be exhausting, so how can I lose my job as a result of I got here into Nigeria?” he lamented as he burst into tears.

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