Oyo State Government has described as Fake News, a purported press release from Governor Seyi Makinde’s office, claiming that the ban imposed on religious gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread in the state has been lifted.
According to a statement by the Media Adviser to the governor, Jide Ajani, on Thursday, the ban on religious gatherings was still in force.
Ajani said the purported statement which was signed by one Adeniran Adenuga, who “assumed the title of ‘Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor” did not emanate from the office of the governor, adding that it was the handi work of the enemies of the state.
The statement added; “Therefore, as of today, there is no lifting of the ban on public gatherings – including churches and mosques.
“Please, treat the statement as FAKE NEWS and another handiwork of enemies of the state.
“Prior to this latest evil scheme, the Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force’s daily update flyer had been cloned and used to post incorrect data.
“On another occasion, they had posted pictures on social media depicting outbreak of violence in Oyo State when the Park Management System was kickstarted.
“Individuals who can go to this extreme, vile and vicious extent, can do anything.
“Members of the public are please advised to ignore the statement.”