- The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and his personal assistant, Flavour Eze, were accused of contracting COVID-19 and planning to spread the infection in Enugu
- Eze, however, debunked the report which he said was sponsored by an APC boss in the state, adding that the author of the report has been arrested
- The Enugu state government has also debunked the rumour, disclosing that the two cases in the state were returnees from the UK
Flavour Eze, the personal assistant to the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has reacted to the report claiming he and the minister tested positive for coronavirus and visited Enugu with the intention of spreading the virus.
The Sun reports that Eze accused a top official of the Enugu state's All Progressives Congress (APC) and his supporters of being behind the malicious reports.
The newspaper reports that the Enugu state government has since debunked the rumour and instead disclosed that the two cases in the state were returnees from the United Kingdom.
The minister’s aide, Eze, in a statement in Enugu on Sunday, April 5, accused the suspect of trying to politicise a case that he (Eze) reported to the police against one Nwanjoku James Okugo, who had criminally defamed him through various publications in social and print media.
Eze accused the top APC boss whose name was not mentioned of spreading the malicious allegations in a bid to cause widespread alarm and panic in the state and endanger the lives of the minister and himself.
The minister's aide also said the police arrested Okugo who was behind the malicious report following his report, clarifying that the minister was not the one who ordered his arrest and detention as being alleged.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed on Friday, March 27, that two cases of the deadly coronavirus were recorded in Enugu state.
The cases were the first in Nigeria’s southeast region.
Legit.ng gathered that the Enugu state ministry of health said the patients voluntarily contacted the government on arrival from the UK and requested for the COVID-19 test.
In another report, a Nigerian professor from Enugu, Joseph Akpa, has claimed that he has found the cure for COVID-19.
Akpa, the provost of Luminar International College of Alternative Medicine in the state, on Wednesday, April 1, told journalists that he has developed a pill that will directly attack the virus and result in a total cure for anyone who is infected with it.
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