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26 Mar 2020

Governor Fayemi, Dele Momodu, Ebenezer Obey, Others In Isolation As Two Guests Of Birthday Party Die Of Coronavirus

The number of people suffering from COVID-19 in the country rose to 51  on Wednesday from 18 on Thursday last week.
The National Centre for Disease Control, on its Twitter page on Wednesday  morning said, “Two new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: One  in Lagos and One in Osun.  Both cases are returning travellers to Nigeria in the last 7 days.  As of  7am 25th March, there are 46 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Two have been discharged with one death.”

At 11:25pm, it said the cases had increased to 51.  “Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: Two in the  Federal Capital Territory, two in Lagos and  one in Rivers State.  Three are returning travellers into Nigeria and  two are close contacts of a confirmed case. As of 11:25pm, 25th March, there are 51 confirmed cases, two discharged,  one death,” it stated in its Twitter handle.

The centre had on Tuesday said there were 44 cases  of COVID-19 in the country. Giving a breakdown of the 44 cases, it said there were  eight in Abuja, one in Bauchi State, one in Edo State, one in Ekiti State, 29 in Lagos State and three in Ogun State.

The spread of the  COVID-19 and possible contact with infected persons have made prominent Nigerians to go into self-isolation.

Those who have gone into self-isolation include the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki; an industrialist and founder, Eleganza Group of companies, Chief Razaq Okoya; as well as a former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.

The Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Okauru, has also gone into isolation.

Osoba, Okoya, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and his wife,  Bamidele; a veteran musician, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi; a popular businesswoman, Bola Shagaya and other prominent Nigerians attended the 80th birthday of the Nigerian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Justice George Oguntade, on March 10, 2020.

Osoba, in an interview with one of  our correspondents, said it was true that two people, who attended the party, had died, but stated that unnecessary alarm was being raised.

Chief Demola Seriki, a son-in-law to the  founder of Eleganza Group of companies, Chief Razaq Okoya, confirmed this to The PUNCH on Wednesday that the industrialist had gone into self-isolation.

Seriki, who is a former Minister of State for Defence, said indeed Okoya attended the 80th birthday party of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Justice George Oguntade, on March 10, 2020.

“Since the news emerged that two people who attended the party died of coronavirus, Chief Okoya has done a test and he was negative. He is, however, in self-isolation.”

Also Osoba said he arrived in Nigeria on Thursday last week and went into self-isolation as prescribed by the Lagos State Government.

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