The Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigerian Police Force, on Saturday, February 1; arrested five Abuja residents who invaded the Wuse General Hospital with false claims of having contracted the Novel Coronavirus.
The suspects who initiated the Coronavirus prank were paraded at the Wuse Zone 3 Divisional Police Station.
FCT Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manza said the suspects namely; Peggy Shandi (M), Abayomi Adedoyin (M), David Gold Enemigin (M) Priscilla AJesola (F) and Jacob Oji (M) claimed to be playing out a script about the virus; without the knowledge or authorization of the relevant authorities of the FCTA.
The alleged pranksters had reportedly gone to the Wuse District Hospital; claiming that one of them had been infected by the Coronavirus.
This reportedly led to panic and confusion as well as a disruption of normal health service delivery at the hospital.
According to Manza, investigations into the activities of the suspects were ongoing.
However, the FCT Department of Public Health has once more reiterated; that there is no confirmed case of Coronavirus in the FCT and advised residents to remain calm.
The Director of Public Health in the FCT, Dr. Josephine Okechukwu made this disclosure during the parade of the suspects.
She also described the action of the alleged pranksters as very wrong; since it was capable of creating pandemonium especially in a hospital environment where the action took place.
According to her, if such false information was released on social media; it would do great damage not just to the FCT but the country at large.
On his part, Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Media; Malam Sani Abubakar noted that the FCT Administration had taken steps to ensure that all contagious diseases were well contained within the FCT.
He described the actions of the suspects as appalling; as it disrupted the normal health service delivery process in the hospital and was capable of spreading fear and panic across the FCT and indeed the country.