Nigeria - It has been revealed that the index case of COVID-19 is the Imam of Kabba, he did not contract the disease from another state as he has not travelled recently, according to his family members, he must have contracted the disease in Kogi State.
In a statement on Friday, Tai Ejibunu, obatebise of Oweland, said the patient identified as Ahmad Ejibunu, chief imam of Kabba, may have been infected in Kogi.
The statement reads in part:
“The family is concerned about the well being of other Owes and we wish to confirm that Covid-19 has found its way sadly to our community and the State,” he said.
“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.”
He added that the family is “cooperating with the Kogi State Government and the NCDC to stem the spread”, and that contact tracing and testing of family members of the index case had began.
“What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views,” Ejibunu said.
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