Lagos Unveils App, USSD Codes to Detect Fake COVID-19 Tests

February 23, 2021
COVID-19 Test

By Adedapo Adesanya

As part of efforts to curb the proliferation of false COVID-19 PCR test results, the Lagos State Government has rolled out a verification platform to validate the authenticity of COVID-19 PCR tests done within the Private Laboratory Consortium and all State Public laboratories for outbound flights.

In a statement, the state government stated that the platform can be accessed through an app and also the use of USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data-codes).

“The Lagos State COVID-19 Result Verification App can be downloaded through Google Store, Apple Store or directly through the internet, using the link

“It will utilise the laboratory reference number to verify the COVID-19 PCR test, validating the result real-time and passengers can download their result sheets, which can be shown to anyone requiring it.

‘’The app version can be used and accessed within and outside of Nigeria but unlike the USSD, does not require a Nigerian Telecommunications Network. It is available once it is downloaded and the internet is available. It is noteworthy to mention that verification through the app is free at all times,” the statement said.

Giving further details on the USSD option, it noted that it can be accessed on all networks in Nigeria by dialling *35131*19# on the 9mobile network and *55500*19# on all other networks and following the onscreen prompts to verify results.

The state also made provisions for the option to be retrieved outside of Nigeria as long as the mobile line is on a Nigerian telecommunications network.

It said that the first 30,000 result verification will be free, courtesy of the Lagos State Government with subsequent verification expected to attract N50 per usage for the user/client.

‘’The process can be used by all clients who require the validation of COVID-19 PCR results, such as Airports, Airlines, Work-related processes and passengers themselves.

“The Lagos State Government would also be placing personnel at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to assist in the verification process of the COVID-19 PCR results for all outbound passengers,” it disclosed.

The Lagos State Government then issued a stern warning, cautioning that anyone caught in this illegal practice will be prosecuted, adding that it will continue to strengthen its response against this pandemic to protect the lives and livelihood of all Lagosians and residents.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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