Earlier yesterday, the Social Media was awash with tales and malicious stories about the Hon. Minister of State for Power, Prince Goddy Jedy-Agba, OFR insinuating and alleging that he ordered the arrest of some people who visited his Life Camp, Abuja residence to appeal for help and sundry assistance.
A particular headline read; “CROSS RIVER BORN MINISTER ORDERS ARREST OF PEOPLE WHO VISITED HIS LIFE CAMP RESIDENCE TO APPEAL FOR HELP”.
The above news is totally false, highly spurious, and a figment of the imagination of the perpetrators and peddlers of such a humongous lie against the Honorable Minister.
Investigations carried out by
www.solomonislandblog.com.ng revealed that nothing of such neither happened nor took place as the Hon Minister was more concerned that this is not the right time for large numbers of people to come around without recourse for Social distancing and the locked down order of the Federal Government occasioned by Covid–19 Pandemic.
Speaking with our corresponding, the Hon Minister urged all to disregard the news.
According to him, his Security details were shocked and surprised to see a total of Forty Seven (47) strange faces at the entrance to his official residence despite the Federal Government directives and warning to Nigerians to stay at home and maintain Social Distancing during the Corona Virus lockdown.
“As a law abiding citizen who has made media appearances urging people to save lives by staying at home even if they are tempted to see loved ones, I was shocked on hearing of the crowd at my residence against the coronavirus restrictions order of the federal government’.
“Realizing that the crowd was ignoring the government’s stay-at-home advice, the security guards asked them to put down their names and return back when restrictions on Lockdown may have been relaxed. Nobody was arrested, nobody was interrogated and none detained as widely circulated. The guards only insisted that social distancing guidelines and
Government instructions admonishing Nigerians to stay at home be complied. We must practise what we preach”, the Minister said.
For clarity, the Honorable Minister needs to set an example to everyone about the importance of not moving around the country as directed by FG. And that’s exactly what he did in line with his commitment to maintain social distance not to violate the lockdown directives by the Federal Government.
Residents living around the Minister’s Life Camp neighbourhood said the Minister as a patriotic and law abiding Nigerian, acted in good faith because he did’nt want to be found guilty of contravening the social distancing directive of the federal government by welcoming such a crowd at his residence.
Recall how actress Funke Àkindele who celebrated her husband’s birthday in an in-house party on Saturday, April 4, was picked up by the police on Sunday at her residence, and charged to court for violating the Federal government directives on lockdown.