Monday, March 23, 2020 5:47 pm
Contrary to speculations, the son of former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakr currently undergoing treatment for Corona COVID-19 infection did not go to any club or participated in Jumat Service before he was diagnosed with the virus.
Paul Ibe, spokesperson to the former Vice President said this while reacting to speculations that Atiku’s son was seen in many public places before he tested positive to Coronavirus, raising fears that he may had infected many people with the virus.
While explaining the itinerary of the son of the former vice, leading to his being taken for treatment after he tested positive for Coronavirus, Ibe said, “The clinical case returned to the country on 17th March via Switzerland from some business engagements in France and Switzerland.
“He attended a private meeting of six (6) persons same day in Lagos, stayed in his private house for the night and took an Aero 5.20pm flight to Abuja on the 18th.
“The case did not travel with his family or any other but travelled alone by Emirates Airline.
“The case wore face mask as a precautionary measure since his arrival in Nigeria.
“The case did not show symptoms of infection and voluntarily placed a call to NCDC on arrival in Abuja late on the 18th to inform them he had returned from COVID-19 prone country and desired to be tested.
“On the 19th, NCDC took his blood sample which result came positive on the 20th. He subsequently went into self isolation to protect his family within his own house.
“Meantime his son has since tested negative while his wife’s result is being awaited. The two persons are currently in self isolation.
“We urge members of the public to disregard the perfidious information that the case accessed open locations. He was not at Play Lounge nor any other club in Abuja as being mischievously bandied about.
“The case neither attended the Friday Jumu’a prayers nor any social gathering until his evacuation to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital on the 20th where he is being treated and managed.
” We thank Nigerians for their prayers and support through this difficult time. Once again, it needs to be restated that the risk and danger of #COVID19 is real. Ensure you follow the World Health Organization and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on how to stay safe.”