Nigeria First Female Engineer Did Not Accuse FG Of Hiding Facts On COVID-19
CLAM: There is a widely circulated WhatsApp broadcast accredited to Nigeria’s first female chartered engineer Olu Maduka accusing the Nigerian government of, amongst others, hiding vital facts about the coronavirus outbreak in the country. False
Part of the claims attributed to her is that several COVID-19 patients are on life support. This includes a one-month-old baby that is struggling to breathe and that the pathetic situation of the baby made her cry.
It was also claimed that Maduka saw eight corpses within one-hour of her visit to the Mainland Hospital in Lagos.
The message also alleged that the number of Covid-19 cases announced to the public by the Nigerian government are about 10% of the actual number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
In the one-minute and thirty seconds recorded video by Maduka which was reviewed and fact-checked by team of Newsreserviour fact-checkers, the engineer debunked such claims saying, she had not gone out 4 weeks before the lockdown. How could she had visited Mainland Hospital in Lagos as claimed?
She stated in the video: “I did not write the article widely circulated under my name as I have not visited any isolation Centre either on the mainland or anywhere else. I have been home for about four weeks.
“I belong to the high-risk group. So, there is no way I would have visited an Isolation Centre either on the mainland or anywhere else. More so, Lagos state as at that time, February, had recorded the highest positive cases of Covid-19 in the country. (931 cases).” The engineer stated.
Maduka charged the general public not to abuse the use of the social media. It is meant to be positively used. She advised.
Maduka is a well- respected engineer who in 2008 was conferred with the national honour of member of the federal republic (MFR). It is confirmed from her WhatsApp broadcast that she was never at the Mainland Hospital in Lagos as claimed in the message.
Also, that she never wrote the said widely circulated WhatsApp article accusing the Nigerian government of concealing the true state of the fight against coronavirus as claimed.
As a result of all the above findings, Newsreservoir is urging the general public to disregard the claim as it is not true.