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Police parade five over coronavirus hoax in Abuja


The police in Abuja have arrested five persons for falsely claiming that they had contracted the dreaded Coronavirus disease.



They were said to have stormed the Wuse District Hospital claiming that one of them had been infected by Coronavirus.



The incident reportedly sparked panic and confusion and also disrupted normal health service delivery at the hospital.



The pranksters included Peggy Shandi, Abayomi Adedoyin, David Enemigin, Priscilla Ajesola and Jacob Oji.



Parading the suspects at the Wuse Zone 3 Divisional Police Station on Saturday, the FCT police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manza  said that the suspects claimed to be “playing out a script about the virus” without the knowledge or authorisation of the relevant authorities of the FCTA.



He said, “The FCT police command is still investigating the case and on conclusion, the suspects will be arraigned in court.”



The Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye said in a statement that the Director of Public Health, Dr Josephine Okechukwu reiterated that there was no confirmed case of Coronavirus in the FCT and advised residents to remain calm.



Okechukwu said that the action of the alleged pranksters was very wrong as it was capable of creating pandemonium especially in a hospital environment where the alleged action took place.



She said that if such false information was released on social media, it would do great damage not just to the FCT but the country at large.
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