COVID-19: Addingi: Benue govt didn’t apologize to Susan Okpe


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Ngunan Addingi, has denied media report that the state government had apologized to Susan Okpe who was confirmed positive to Coronavirus by the NCDC two weeks ago.

The commissioner who was reacting in a press statement advised the public to disregard the report. She also urged the public to always get their information verified at all times.

The statement reads: “The report published by Idoma News claiming that the Benue State Government has apologized to Susan Okpe, the Coronavirus index case in Benue State is as false as it is mischievous.

“No official of the Benue State Government sent an apology message in whatever form to the affected person.

“The State Government did not conduct the test on Mrs Okpe. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC carried out the COVID-19 test which came out positive. The Government could therefore not have tendered apology for what it is not responsible.

“It is also misleading to claim that “…the governor never knew the lady was related to Ochagwu (Lawani)”. The identity of the index case including her family ties were fully known to the Governor and members of the State Action Committee long before the press briefing where the announcement was made.

“We advise online platforms and other media to always verify stories before publishing them”