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Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by naptu2: 4:04am On Mar 01, 2020
Beware of Fake News on Coronavirus – LASG

The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to various false stories, particularly on the social media, in respect of the identification and quarantine of the 44-year-old Italian, who tested positive to Coronavirus, on his return from a business trip to Turkey.

One of the stories alleged that the patient became angry and attempted to escape from the isolation ward due to what it described as the unsuitable condition of the Infectious Diseases Control Hospital in Yaba.

Another said that an individual, who claimed to have driven the Italian to Ogun State, escaped from hospital and has threatened to spread the virus all over Nigeria. He is said to be seeking N100m for his family to deter him from the ‘suicide mission’.

It is disheartening that some mischief makers are handling the Coronavirus issue with levity and peddling fake news at a time medical science is focused on how to stop the infection.

This situation calls for vigilance and soberness, not wicked jokes and frivolities.

The Lagos State Government, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ogun State Government, remains focused on entrenching measures to contain the infection and will not be distracted by activities of those who seem to be unconscious of the gravity of the situation.

This is not a time for intrigues. Every Lagosian is required to support the government’s efforts at fighting this situation and taking precautions required to prevent an epidemic.

All residents should disregard any piece of information that does not emanate from official sources – the Federal Ministry of Health, the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control.

Members of the public are implored to call the Lagos State Emergency Hotlines - 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 - to report any suspected case of Coronavirus.

https://www.facebook.com/492378324116772/posts/2966004280087485/

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by naptu2: 4:04am On Mar 01, 2020
Some crazy people stole a picture of this man from an old news article and then concocted a crazy story that he is a taxi driver named Adewale Isaac Olorogun that drove the Italian man from Lagos to Ogun State and that he is infected with the coronavirus. They further stated that he is demanding for a large amount of money and that he will spread the virus if he is not given that money. The entire story is false.

The man has made this video in order to debunk the lie. His name is Jude Ikuenobe and he is based in Edo State. He has not been to Lagos for the past 2 years.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dNLVaKb_QE

The crazy story was published on a fake AIT Facebook page and AIT has now disowned the story and the page. See screenshots below (the third screenshot contains the fake story).

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by naptu2: 4:04am On Mar 01, 2020
Unfortunately there are a lot of these fake stories going around. People need to be careful and check the source of their information. On the day that it was announced that the first case was recorded in Nigera, someone created an insane story that the patient worked at a company on Banana Island and that he had visited certain schools and hotels and that he had slept with certain women. The entire story was false.


There was another fake news that 28 people in Ogun State had been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease. That's also fake news.

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Ishilove: 4:46am On Mar 01, 2020
naptu2:
Some crazy people stole a picture of this man from an old news article and then concocted a crazy story that he is a taxi driver named Adewale Isaac Olorogun that drove the Italian man from Lagos to Ogun State and that he is infected with the coronavirus. They further stated that he is demanding for a large amount of money and that he will spread the virus if he is not given that money. The entire story is false.

The man has made this video in order to debunk the lie. His name is Jude Ikuenobe and he is based in Edo State. He has not been to Lagos for the past 2 years.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dNLVaKb_QE

The crazy story was published on a fake AIT Facebook page and AIT has now disowned the story and the page. See screenshots below (the third screenshot contains the fake story).
I am astounded anyone actually took that story serious. Even when it was shared to me, I laughed and ignored it, but to my surprise the person who shared it believed the story completely.

I've been on social media long enough to intuit when a story is false. The government needs to take a tough stand on fake news before it causes serious damage.

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by MrRhymes101(m): 5:53am On Mar 01, 2020
Handiwork of cheap bloggers that want to trend at all cost

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by helinues: 5:54am On Mar 01, 2020
I seriously don't know what people gain from spreading fake news..

Why causing unnecessary panic..

Make we Sha dey hope and pray make some people no develop the virus cos anything to them na money..

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Onyi22(f): 5:54am On Mar 01, 2020
;DT grin grin
Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by opalu: 5:55am On Mar 01, 2020
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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by ELgordo(m): 5:55am On Mar 01, 2020
ovoko!
Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by kittykollinxx(m): 5:56am On Mar 01, 2020
Fake story from rake citizens, led by fake politicians
Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by OgunLaakaye: 5:56am On Mar 01, 2020
The social media needs to be regulated.

It's long overdue cos the number of fake news been brewed on social platforms are alarming.

If we must learn from what triggered the Rwanda Genocide, then we must act now.

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by JOACHINpedro: 5:57am On Mar 01, 2020
Gullible Nigerians grin
Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Openbusiness: 5:57am On Mar 01, 2020
The number one liars in this country are the government. Social media is filled with lies no doubt but i'll rather take my chances with social media than with any government in Nigeria who themselves are expert lying machines cheesy

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Ijaycool(f): 5:57am On Mar 01, 2020
Government trying to manage the information about covid 19 is what led to the situation of Pandemic which we are in today.

Remember the first doctor who reported observation of the virus was detained and made to sign a pledge against rumour.

If we didn't treat truth as rumour back then, we may have contained the virus. Lagos State government is busy identifying rumour, instead of containing the virus. Wuhanization is on replay!

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Homiesjinxbank: 5:57am On Mar 01, 2020
They're crazy, why didn't they ground the plane in the first place? Besides i thought they said they are ready?

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by crownwealth: 5:58am On Mar 01, 2020
I blame Major General Mohomodu Buhari.


He promised Nigerian youths jobs and to pay job seeker graduates certain amount every month in his BOGUS campaign promises. He FAILED!


This is one of the effect of joblessness.


APC FAKE Campaign promises is highly responsible for ALL FAKE news in Nigeria.

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Pierce008: 5:59am On Mar 01, 2020
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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by kolaaderin: 5:59am On Mar 01, 2020
naptu2:
Unfortunately there are a lot of these fake stories going around. People need to be careful and check the source of their information. On the day that it was announced that the first case was recorded in Nigera, someone created an insane story that the patient worked at a company on Banana Island and that he had visited certain schools and hotels and that he had slept with certain women. The entire story was false.


There was another fake news that 28 people in Ogun State had been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease. That's also fake news.
And people still think government should not regulate the social media. Some Nigerians are hell bent to destroy and burn down the remaining carcass of this country with Fake news. I m in support of the regulation 100%

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Hotzone(m): 5:59am On Mar 01, 2020
Las las, FG fvckd up by not restricting movement in international airports but if na to ban land borders because of rice importation, FG sabi that one fast fast!!!!

I just dey watch u guys.....

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by mmsen: 6:00am On Mar 01, 2020
Ishilove:

I am astounded anyone actually took that story serious. Even when it was shared to me, I laughed and ignored it, but to my surprise the person who shared it believed the story completely.

I've been on social media long enough to intuit when a story is false. The government needs to take a tough stand on fake news before it causes serious damage.

Indeed, the language used ("white man" instead of "Italian" ) made it clear it was fake.

I'm also suspicious when people share screengrabs without the url.

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by ArmaniUhuru: 6:00am On Mar 01, 2020
How a coronavirus infected Italian flew into Nigeria from Italy and entered through our airport, with our officials beats me.

What a country!

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by naptu2: 6:00am On Mar 01, 2020
And here comes another nonsense about grounding planes and restricting movement!

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by hannysur8(m): 6:01am On Mar 01, 2020
There is no corona virus in Nigeria yet, you people are all doing this to embezzle fund....ole ni gbogbo yin

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Openbusiness: 6:02am On Mar 01, 2020
I can never trust any government in Nigeria, including the LASG! They should stop overhyping themselves abeg, dem sabi lie too cheesy

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by wonuks(m): 6:03am On Mar 01, 2020
cool
Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Nobody: 6:05am On Mar 01, 2020
To curb fake news we need to regulate social media but Nigerians want none of that, everybody is shouting freedom of speech. Freedom of speech at what cost? Imagine the trauma the victim of fake news goes through? May God help us

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by mvem(m): 6:11am On Mar 01, 2020
Openbusiness:
The number one liars in this country are the government. Social media is filled with lies no doubt but i'll rather take my chances with social media that with any government in Nigeria who themselves are expert lying machines cheesy
no be social media make people to drink and bath with salt water during Ebola that even killed some hypertensive people...keep on following all those WhatsApp rumors....already I have seen false info flying up and down...

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by Nobody: 6:14am On Mar 01, 2020
Pathetic

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by SouthNigerian: 6:17am On Mar 01, 2020
Las las, more people will die from the fear of the disease than the disease itself.

South Nigerians needs to grow a more compact mindset.

Remember the year 2000 Lagos Ikeja bomb blast? More people died out of panic. We must stay a strong hearted people.

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Re: Lagos State Government Reacts To Fake News About Corona Virus by mvem(m): 6:20am On Mar 01, 2020
Nigerians are very gullible and ignorant. If tomorrow someone shares of a vaccine being spread through air and we should all bath with oil water or saltwater, even though It is as stupid as it is people will still share it, do it and believe it....The Ebola case is not far away to remember how a rumor of drinking and bathing with salt water made millions even educated ones to do that. Eventually if I can remember some hypertensive people died because of that....Fear and Panic sometimes is as worse as the main thing

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