Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said that those spreading misinformation about COVID-19 in the state will henceforth be prosecuted.
Recounting his experience after contracting the disease, Lalong said God helped him to survive the disease even though there are people who are in denial and continue to misinform others that COVID-19 does not exist.
“For those who are in denial and continue to misinform others that COVID-19 does not exist, I want to warn them to desist. I, as the number one citizen of the state, was a victim and God helped me to come out of it. I can tell you that it is not a joke and I do not wish even my enemies such experience.
“In other words, if you deny the existence of the disease, keep your denial to yourself because if you are caught propagating it or instigating others to follow you, you will be arrested and prosecuted no matter how highly placed you might be.
“Mostly, we hear of the big names but do not get to hear of the others involving people that (who) are less prominent. This should give us serious concern because it means that the situation is bigger than what we seem to know.
“Most citizens appear to be careless and reluctant to observe the COVID-19 protocols.
“This worries me a lot because this recklessness is further exposing more people to the virus and then increasing the casualty figures. While we have no intention of imposing another lockdown to avoid further damage to the economy, some members of the public are not helping us.”