- A social media report claiming an Uber driver who drove the Italian infected with coronavirus has escaped from the hospital is false
- The report claimed that the purported driver who has also allegedly contracted the virus has refused to be quarantined and is threatening to infect others if he is not paid N100 million
- However, the picture of the purported driver is that of a Nigerian who was in 2018 reported to have left Nigeria for Europe but got stranded in a slavery camp in Libya
- The Ogun state government has described that story as false
The report circulating on social media that one Adewale Isaac Olorogun, an Uber driver who allegedly picked up the Italian who tested positive to coronavirus in Lagos has escaped from the hospital, is false.
The social media report claims that the purported Uber driver, who has also allegedly contracted the virus, has refused to be quarantined.
It also claimed that the driver was threatening to spread the disease if the Ogun state government did not meet his demand of N100 million.
The post, according to The Guardian, also claimed that supposed Olorogun sent an SMS to Ogun State commissioner for health saying: "nor be only una go chop the money, na my family turn, either una pay or una die, i go waka sotay plenty people follow me remove from this wayward country."
The claim is untrue. A Google reverse image search on Google showed the picture shared in the post as that of the driver first appeared on the internet in 2018.
It was first published in a story written by Monica Mark for BuzzFeed News on December 15, 2018. It was taken by Fati Abubakar for BuzzFeed News.
The picture is that of Jude Ikuenobe, who was in 2018 reported to have left Nigeria hoping to make a journey to Europe, but got stranded in a slavery camp in Libya.
Ogun state government reacts
The Ogun state government has described that story as false.
Kunle Somorin, the chief press secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun told The Sun newspaper on Saturday, February 29, that the news was not only false but fake.
It was gathered that the Italian was quarantined at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
The man was allegedly disappointed at the ill-equipped facility and poor treatment he is being given.
Legit.ng gathered that the Italian also complained of not being fed well and not receiving proper medical attention, all of which culminated in his decision to abscond from the centre.
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