The House of Representatives has debunked reports that 50 of its members tested positive for COVID-19 describing it as “gross misinformation.”
Spokesperson of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, in a statement issued yesterday, said the report was baseless and unfounded.
The statement reads in part: “The attention of the House of Representatives has been drawn to a news publication by Sahara Reporters on July 7, 2020, sensationally titled ‘Panic at National Assembly As Over 50 Lawmakers Allegedly Test Positive For COVID-19’. The House of Representatives is, therefore, constrained to release this refutation of the gross misinformation”.
Dismissing the report, Kalu insisted that there had not been any panic at the National Assembly as alleged in the publication, adding that it was absolutely untrue that 50 lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19.
“The House is certain that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) remain the most credible sources of data with regards to this pandemic and should be referred to for fact verification before misinforming the public,” he said.
The lawmaker who also recalled a previous and false publication of a video of vehicles belonging to the National Assembly said, “It is no longer news that of all arms of government, the National Assembly remains the favourite target of sensational journalism by media houses.
“However, there should be a limit to the spread of deceitful information aimed at aggravating the already existing tension around the pandemic. This is not fair to the public, as true journalism owes the debt of truth to the unassuming public,” he added.
He enjoined Nigerians to disregard the report adding that the National Assembly has been at the forefront in the fight against the pandemic and that its members could fall prey of the infection just like other people.