The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday dismissed a report that he had tested positive for coronavirus as malicious.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Sarah Sanda, Onyeama described the media report alleging that he has contracted the virus as fabricated and malicious.
The statement read: “It has come to the attention of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, that a fabricated and malicious report is circulating in social and print media.
“Alleging that the two claimed cases of Covid-19 recently reported in Enugu were the minister and his Personal Assistant. The minister and his aide were in Abuja at all material times.
“Furthermore, the minister is a member of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and all the members were recently tested and all found to be negative.
“The authors of this act are well known as is their motive; to embarrass and spread alarm and panic during a national emergency.
“To curb this kind of criminal behaviour, the matter has been brought to the attention of the law enforcement agencies for investigation and severe sanctions as deterrence in the future.”
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION: Inside UNILAG’s multi-million naira budgetary abuse and academic discord
The University of Lagos located in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, has been embroiled in controversies with allegations bothering on misappropriation of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Displaced residents of Zamfara battle hunger, as underfunding derails Nigeria’s nutrition goals
On paper, Muhammad Zayyanu is seven years old. The quiet boy who looks shorter for his age could not recollect...
INVESTIGATION: N7.3bn paid for unnamed projects; how Nigerian govt spent N2.2trn in six months
Analysing nearly 3,000 payments made by various Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over the previous six months (January...
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...