Dr Festus Akande, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, has described as a rumour the claim that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, had tested positive for COVID-19.
Akande’s statement is at variance with that of Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, who disclosed at an event in Abuja on Tuesday that the CJN had tested positive for the dreaded disease.
The spokesperson of the apex court had earlier in his first statement on the state of health of the CJN, on Tuesday, denied reports that the head of the Nigerian judiciary was critically sick.
His second statement issued shortly after Justice Saulawa’s comment about the CJN’s coronavirus status hit the media space appeared to be a veiled rebuttal to the judge’s claim.
According to Akande, “In furtherance to the press statement earlier issued, I wish to state categorically clear that there is no medical report so far made available by anybody indicating that the Hon. CJN has tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Those peddling the rumour should go a step further to confirm from their sources and equally obtain the copy of whatever laboratory test result they are relying on.
“As of this moment of issuing this statement, no one has so far shown me or any other person in Supreme Court a copy of the test result they are referring to in the report.”
Recall that Justice Saulawa had said the CJN had tested positive for the virus at the unveiling of the national headquarters of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
He further revealed that the CJN was receiving treatment in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.