Lagos State Government has falsified reports making rounds that the deadly Coronavirus was being spread in a certain estate.
In a statement by the commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi, on Sunday, the street named Osoba close in the false reports was not found in the said estate where a certain Chinese was believed to live.
He said the search was done “using all available intelligence from the key community members (Ward locals, Councillors, motorbike riders, market women, bartenders), programmatic implementation maps and Google maps, major streets in Gowon Estate was thoroughly searched.”
Abayomi said the search would be completed on Sunday and if it was confirmed false, appropriate measures would be taken to track down sources of such false information
“If this turns out to be fake news, it will have been a waste of human and other government resources and unnecessary inducement of panicking and anxiety in the community caused by mischievous elements.
“It also results in racial stigmatization. We shall commence all efforts to track down sources of intentional malicious news. This is considered to be a serious biosecurity offence,” he said
The Surveillance and Biosecurity Unit of the state’s Ministry of Health had upon hearing the information, launched into a search.
The search party comprises of Dr Odufuwa Alimosho, Dr Oni Mosan Okunola, Mr Abdusalam Akindele, Mr Akinfolarin Baruwa.