Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has urged Nigerians to disregard an online report claiming there were COVID-19 related deaths in the state, saying that no such case was recorded.

This was contained In a statement on Thursday by his Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Malam Mamman Mohammed.

“Our attention has been drawn to an online report alleging COVID-19 related deaths in Yobe State.

“The report also claimed that His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, was in Abuja while his people were dying.

“We had expected the publishers to crosscheck their facts and reflect our position to balance the story.

“For the records, Yobe state was the very first state in Nigeria to voluntarily submit a suspected case of COVID-19 for the test. Thank God, it was negative.

“The state had in spite of non-existing case, constituted a COVID-19 committee, established three isolation centres equipped with ventilators and all necessary equipment,” the governor said.

The statement urged people of the state to disregard the malicious report which was targeted at tarnishing the image of the state government.

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