The office of the presidency has denied this in a tweet on Saturday, March 28. He consequently urged Nigerians to disregard the information. “Fake news peddlers have concocted a statement, purportedly issued by me, saying FG will pay N30,000 to each Nigerian with BVN, to help them stock up before an impending national lockdown. Not me. The so-called statement is hereby disclaimed,” he tweeted.
The state commissioner for police, CP Awosola Awotinde made the disclosure in Abakaliki during a joint broadcast with the state commissioner for information and state orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji, on the update on preventive measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state. The news gathered that the commissioner of police said two persons were arrested in Ikwo local government area while the remaining 7 were also arrested in Ezza South council area.
The state governor, David Umahi, had directed the commissioner of police to immediately arrest the police officers and organisers of the burial ceremonies at Ikwo and Ezza South local government area of the state.
CP Awotinde said that the police officers who supervised the burial in Ikwo local government were undergoing an orderly room trial, adding that measures have also been taken to ensure that men of the command and other security personal involved in the enforcement of government directive were civil to the public.
The presidency says it has no plans of giving Nigerians N30,000 – According to Femi Adesina, the viral news announcing payment of the money is fake – Adesina attributed the news to those he described as ‘fake news peddlers’ Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has denied a report that he said Nigerians with bank verification number (BVN) will be given N30,000 as relief fund. According to him, the report which went viral on social media is false.