The Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the Nigerian Police Force has arrested five persons who invaded the Wuse General Hospital with false claims of having contracted Coronavirus.
The suspects, who are residents of Abuja, were paraded at the Wuse Zone 3 Divisional Police Station.
The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manza said the suspects, 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.
He said the alleged pranksters had gone to the Wuse District Hospital, claiming that one of them had been infected by Coronavirus, an action which 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.
Director of Public Health in the FCT, Dr Josephine Okechukwu who disclosed this during the parade of the suspects said the FCT and indeed the country is free of the coronavirus as there is no confirmed case of the disease anywhere in Nigeria.
She described the action of the alleged pranksters as very wrong as 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.
Peggy Shandi, one of the suspects noted that their action was a prank about the coronavirus, and nothing more but the FCT Police Command said it was still investigating the case and on the conclusion, the suspects would be charged to court.