- The Yobe government says reports of coronavirus-related deaths in the state are false
- A media report had claimed that there were Covid-19 related deaths in the state recently
- The state governor, Mai Mala Buni, says nobody has died of coronavirus in the northeast state
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The Yobe state government has asked Nigerians to disregard a media report alleging Covid-19 related deaths in the state, declaring that no such case was recorded.
A media report had claimed that there were COVID-19 related deaths in the state recently.
However, a media aide to Yobe governor, Mamman Mohammed, said in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, May 7 that the state was the first in Nigeria to voluntarily submit a suspected case of COVID-19 for a test, which came out negative.
The statement said Yobe recorded its first case last week precisely on Thursday, April 30 and to date, “there is no officially declared COVID-19 related death in the state.”
Part of the statement read: “The report also claimed that His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni was in Abuja while his people were dying.
“We had expected the publishers to cross-check their facts and reflect our position to balance the story.
“The state had in spite of non-existing case, constituted a COVID-19 committee, established three isolation centres equipped with ventilators and all necessary equipment.
“Secondly, His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni had not travelled out of the state for six weeks until when President Buhari invited him to Abuja to discuss security matters where he spent just three days and had since been back. Therefore, he was not outside the state nor coordinating the affairs of the state from Abuja as claimed.
“This administration maintains an open-door policy, we, therefore, call on the media to always contact the state government to clarify every issue before going to the press.”
Meanwhile, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on Sunday, May 3, described as malicious, reports that he was running away from being tested for COVID-19 after allegedly coming in contact with two cases who have died of the disease.
A statement issued by Kola Adam, a media aide to the former governor of Borno state, said that the report was fabricated.
Part of the statement read: “For the record, Sheriff and his family were all tested negative in Abuja, before proceeding to Maiduguri. Since the discovery of the virus in Nigeria, Sheriff had confined himself to social distancing even before the order by the federal government.”
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