A man who made claims that nine commissioners of the Akwa Ibom state government are Covid-19 positive has been arraigned in a Magistrate court in Uyo.
The accused person, Mr George Udom is being sued for defamation of character against the Commissioners.
Mr. George Udom is being sued over a Facebook post he made on Sunday, April 26, claiming that nine commissioners of the Akwa Ibom state government were Covid-19 positive.
He posted on his timeline; “We have a lot of unrecorded death on ground in relation to Covid19 and still spreading like wildfire
“As we speak, we have about 9 commissioners who have tested positive and receiving treatment at home”.
“The authorities are fully aware of the situation and are just trying to Carry out some sort of damage control. It will amaze you to find that even under this lockdown, those in authority are still travel to and from lagos using Govt pass and escorts”
“People of God, if you’re in Akwa Ibom state at the moment, RUN and HIDE for your dear life!”
“Do not say I didn’t warn you” part of Mr George Udom’s Facebook post reads.”
Akwa Ibom state trended on twitter because of Mr. Udom’s claim. Bothered by the disturbing report that is causing panic in the state, legal action was taken against the accused. It was gathered that men of the Nigerian police arrested him in his Uyo residence during the early hours of Monday. He was thereafter taken to court for trial having been charged of character defamation punishable under section 383 (1)(b) and 384 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 volume 2 laws of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria, 2000.
Justice Winifred Umoh-Andy ordered George Udom to be tested and placed under 14 days isolation following his continuous coughing in court. The Chief Magistrate said Mr Udom’s health status must have to be ascertained at Ibom Specialist hospital considering that coughing is a symptom of Covid-19. She adjourned the matter to 14th May, 2020.
Attorney General, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko says he is certain that the accused will not evade Justice.