Residents of Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State are currently panicking over alleged Coronavirus status of a popular cleric and his wife.
The wife of the cleric was said to have returned from one of the foreign high risk countries last month and began manifesting symptoms of the deadly virus.
Anonymous sources told TODAY POLITICS that the church of the cleric held services with the wife present during Easter celebration.
This medium learnt that the state government lifted it’s total lockdown to enable worshippers in the state celebrate the festive season. The new development, we learnt, has forced the government to lockdown the state for another one week.
The rumored cleric also owns a hotel in the area and the church is said to be sharing same premises with the business.
Although residents were disobeying the previous lockdown order, the present one coupled with the rumored status of the hotelier and his households have forced residents to stay indoor.
When this reporter went round the oil rich city on Saturday, 95% of those living in the area complied with the order.
The business premises of the cleric was also shut down as details of their Coronavirus status remained sketchy as of the time of filling this report.
The state currently has 6 confirmed cases of the pandemic disease which originated from China with 66 contacts traced so far.