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Late Kogi Chief Imam Tested Positive For COVID-19 — Family



Zainab Sanni


The Kogi State Government had earlier denied the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC record of two COVID-19 cases in the state.


According to a statement signed by Chief Tai Ejibunu, Obatebise of Oweland, on behalf of the family, the Chief Imam exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 before he tested positive after a referral from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.

In the statement titled, ‘The COVID-19 Case Infection: Matters Arising’, the family said, “Our attention has been drawn to the series of discussions going on concerning the 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.

“After further medical attention at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, 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.”

He added that the test conducted on one of the Imam’s sons came out negative.

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“We would have come out to speak on the matter earlier 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 others and we wish to confirm that COVID-19 has found its way sadly into our community and the state.

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

“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 exchange of counter views here.

“May God save Oweland and Kogi State in general,” the statement added.

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