There is no truth in the news making the rounds that one Adewale Isaac Olorogun, an Uber driver picked up the Italian who tested positive to coronavirus in Lagos.
According to a message widely circulated on social media, the purported Uber driver, who has contracted the virus, has refused to be quarantined and is threatening to spread the disease if the Ogun state government did not meet his demand of N100 million.
Below is the false message:
MAN WHO DROVE WHITE MAN TO COMPANY IN OGUN STATE DIAGNOSED WITH CORONA VIRUS, RUNS AWAY FROM HOSPITAL AND THREATENS TO SPREAD THE VIRUS ALL OVER NIGERIA BY TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO DIFFERENT STATES, IF HIS FAMILY IS NOT PAID 100MILLION NAIRA
The man whose picture appear below is Adewale Isaac Olorogun, he is said to be the taxi driver that conveyed the white man to the company in Ogun State that has been quarantined. After much plea by the Ogun State government, he finally got to the hospital and was tested positive for the virus, before they could say Jack Robinson, the man had disappeared, sending a message for the 100MILLION to the 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.
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One of the pictures attached to the fake news is supposedly that of Olorogun but checks by newsmen showed that the picture is that of Jude Ikuenobe, who was in 2018 reported here to have left Nigeriahoping to make a journey to Europe, but got stranded in a slavery camp in Libya.
There is nothing yet that shows that the Italian patient met “Olorogun”. Neither Uber nor government authorities have identified the driver who picked the patient.
Since Nigeria confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Friday, there have been different false reports making the rounds.
According to reports, some persons circulated messages that the Italian paient went to an oil firm in Victoria Island, Lagos.