COVID-19: NCDC discharges Kogi’s controversial index case

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has discharged the controversial index case of the dreaded coronavirus in Kogi State.

The index case who is the chief imam of kabba, Sheikh Abubukar Ejibunu was discharged from the National hospital, Abuja and he is now Hale and hearty, according to NCDC authorities.

Ejibunu was discharged on Friday evening at about 4 pm and he is now in preparation to be brought to kabba his home town to reunite with his family members.

Speaking with our correspondent on Sunday morning, one of the family members who did not want his name in print confirmed that the Chief Imam is now taking his rest with a family member in Gwagwalada and declined the request of this reporter to speak directly with him.

It will be recalled that Sheikh Ejibunu was moved from the federal medical centre Lokoja to the National hospital two weeks ago where he was said to be diagnosed and confirmed by the National centre for diseases control- NCDC – to be positive with the virus.

The state government immediately rebuffed the claim saying NCDC did not carry along the state ministry of health on the series of tests conducted on the victim and therefore reiterated that the state was Covid19 free.

But one Chief Taiye Ejibunu on behalf of the family of the chief imam swiftly issued a statement admitting that indeed the chief imam was a carrier of the deadly disease and said the family was only trying to avoidi a situation where it will have a clash with the state government .

Following the development, the state governor, Yahaya Bello last week Monday declared a 2-week lockdown in the Kabba, native home of the controversial index case.

This was followed by series of appeal to the Governor to reverse the lockdown as the people insisted the community is COVID-19 free.

The Governor harken to the people when he announced the reversal of his decision.


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