Movie producer, Dimbo Atiya, has debunked the claim by self-styled investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, that the late actor, Matt Alkali, died of coronavirus.
This was contained in a post he shared on his Instagram page on Wednesday.
He wrote, “Attention! Familiar grounds would like to attend to this falsehood by @kemiolunloyo…It is sad that the facts of this situation have been turned around to mislead the general public on the death of this amazing young actor. Matt Alkali was not filming on the Halita set as Familiar Grounds Media officially closed set on March 23 in conforming with the plea by the government…He was not at the AMVCA. And even if he had contact with anyone with COVID-19 here in Abuja, he will still be in the incubating period. If he did come in contact with the virus, it was not on the set of Halita or through anyone on that project as it is speculated…”
Ms Olunloyo had on Tuesday claimed that the late actor died of coronavirus.
She wrote on Instagram, “Dareng died today on the set of his movie. He was exposed to someone with #Covid19. People are dropping like flies in New York City and Italy…”
Matt Alkali was popular for his role as Dareng on the TV series, Halita.
He died on Tuesday at age 36 from complications resulting from a blood-clotting condition.