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COVID-19: Confusion in Kogi as NCDC officials flee

The official defied governor Bello's directive.

Friday, May 8, 2020

/ by National Pivot
Governor Yahaya Bello, Kogi State
A mild drama ensued in Kogi as Andrew Noah, who heads a delegation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control officials sent to Kogi state, defied Governor Bello's order to self-isolate, and reportedly fled the state.

According a report by Daily Trust, Kogi governor Yahaya Bello had ordered the leader of the NCDC delegation to proceed on isolation for shaking hands with the Director of Protocol, Sunday Ayenibe after taking a microphone from him.


Kogi information commissioner Kingsley Fanwo said, “It was drama today at the Kogi State Government House as officials of the National Center for Disease Control sent to ascertain the COVID-19 status fled the state.”

According to the Commissioner, the officials said they were not ready to be tested for COVID-19 and went back to Abuja.

“NCDC quarantined the Chinese professionals that came to give them technical support and also took their samples for test. It is a normal practice and protocol set by NCDC.



“So NCDC will have a lot to explain as to why its officials refused to test for COVID-19. How can we be sure of their status? What are their fears? Why did NCDC sent people who are afraid of test to our State? What was their intention?

“The officials that came have done an integrity blow to the works of the NCDC. Is there something they are hiding? It is time NCDC opened up and apologize to the good people of Kogi State.

“How will they encourage people to test when its own officials are afraid of test? This is sad,” he said.


Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded its highest daily covid-19 cases till date after 381 confirmed cases was reported on May 7th, 2020.

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