A man whose photo went viral as the Uber driver who picked up the Italian man on arrival in Nigeria, has denied ever having any contact with the man as he is currently in Benin, Edo state.
According to a message widely circulated on social media, the purported Uber driver, who has reportedly contracted the coronavirus, refused to be quarantined and threatened to spread the disease if the Ogun state government did not meet his demand of N100 million.
Below is the message attributed to AIT’s Facebook account:
MAN WHO DROVE WHITE MAN TO COMPANY IN OGUN STATE DIAGNOSED WITH CORONA VIRUS, RUNS AWAY FROM HOSPITAL AND THREATENS TO SPREAD THE VIRUS ALL OVER NIGERIA BY TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO DIFFERENT STATES, IF HIS FAMILY IS NOT PAID 100MILLION NAIRA
The man whose picture appear below is Adewale Isaac Olorogun, he is said to be the taxi driver that conveyed the white man to the company in Ogun State that has been quarantined. After much plea by the Ogun State government, he finally got to the hospital and was tested positive for the virus, before they could say Jack Robinson, the man had disappeared, sending a message for the 100MILLION to the commissioner for health saying, nor be only una go chop the money, na my family turn, either una pay or una die, i go waka sotay plenty people follow me remove from this wayward country.
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But in a swift reaction, Nigeria’s first independent television station has debunked the report, and the man whose photo circulated also denied being the Uber driver, and also that he has not been in Lagos for the past two years.
Wow. The alleged cab man debunks news that he is not who people are saying he is. He has no business with the Italian that came to Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/2aQNPQJef1
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) February 29, 2020