Kogi State is not COVID-19 free: I know one of the affected persons and he knows me – Dino Melaye reveals

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Senator Dino Melaye who has just been booted out of the National Assembly says contrary to Governor Yahaha Bello stance that Kogi State is Coronavirus free, it’s confirmed that the recent status of State revealed by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC is authentic.

Melaye says, of the two cases confirmed by NCDC he knows of the Chief Imam of Kabba Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu who has tested positive for COVID-19. The chief Imam knows me and I know him too well, Melaye said.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo and his counterpart in Health ministry Sakai Haruna Audu still maintain that Kogi State is Coronavirus free.

But the family of Ejibunu told Kogi Government “to stop denying the obvious.”

Chief Tai Ejibunu, Obatebise of Oweland, in a statement by the family, said the Chief Imam exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 because he eventually tested positive after referral from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja. In the statement titled:

“The COVID-19 Case Infection: Matters Arising, the family cutsaid,: “Our attention has been drawn to the series of discussions going on concerning Covid-19 index case in Kabba and the identity of the index case.

“I wish to affirm, on behalf of Ejibunu family, that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, was down with flu some few days back and he had to be hospitalised at the Specialist Hospital in Kabba.

“Further medical attention was sought at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, as the flu did not abate after some days

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“At the FMC, he was referred to the National Hospital in Abuja and the test conducted on him by the NCDC showed that he was Covid-19 positive.

“The test conducted on one of his sons who had been with him since came out negative.”

“The family would have come out to speak on the matter but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government.

“The family is concerned about the wellbeing of other and we wish to confirm that Covid-19 has found its way sadly into our community and the state.

“Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious.

“We would like to stress that the Chief Imam, of recent, had never ventured outside Kogi State by way of travelling outside the state. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.

We wish to advise our people to please abide by the protocols emplaced by the NCDC and play safe.

“The family is cooperating with the Kogi State government and the NCDC to stem the spread.

“This evening, contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had begun.

“What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views.

“May God save Oweland and her people in particular and the state in general.”

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