Driver Dumps Corpse Of Suspected COVID - 19 Patient By Roadside In Ogun, Sped Away - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Driver Dumps Corpse Of Suspected COVID - 19 Patient By Roadside In Ogun, Sped Away

... State Govt Allays Fears Of Residents, Decontaminate Affected Areas 

Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

There was palpable expression of confusion and fear by the  residents and occupants of offices around Simeon Adebo Library, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)  and others around the Kuto branch of the Guaranty Trust Bank(GTB), Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, following the dumping of the corpse of a suspected COVID - 19 patient by the roadside at a location opposite the GTbank by a yet - to - be - identified driver, who also sped away afterwards.

The suspected patient identified as  Alex, is a Beniose national  residing in Ijebu  - Ode, Ogun State, died inside the car of the fleeing driver but the deceased  supposed companion who held the corpse helplessly, was sighted in a trending video seeking help.

In the video, Alex's friend said the deceased fell sick not long after he returned  from Cotonou, Republic of Benin and that they were on their way back to Cotonou when he died inside a car conveying them to Owode - Idiroko, a border community in Ogun State.

He said an officer agreed to convey them from Sagamu to Owode Idiroko but his friend died  in the car and the horrified officer quickly dumped him and the corpse beside the road and sped away.

Already,  residents of the area had expressed the fear about their safety, with many of them fearing that people could contract the dreadful virus from the location and the fleeing driver  if the state Government fails to move in on time to disinfect the area and apprehend the said driver.

However, Governor Dapo Abiodun  had  through his aide on New Media, Emmanuel Ojo, allayed the fears of the residents of Abeokuta, advising them  to remain calm.

Abiodun said the government was already aware of this incident and would surely act responsibly to contain its effect.

The Governor's position was made known in a release in Abeokuta by his Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Emmanuel Ojo.

Ojo said:”This is to reassure the general Ogun State public, especially residents of Abeokuta, to remain calm, as regards the trending video of a Cotonou returnee (male) opposite GTBank, around Simeon Adebo Library, Kuto.

"I have contacted the appropriate authorities, including the Hon. Commissioner for Health, and they are on top of the situation.

"The returnee and the second male with him will be immediately picked up, and the tracing of all their contacts will begin as treatment is given at the closest Isolation Centre in the State.

"Residents around the area are strongly advised to stay indoor and avoid going near the suspected patients."

Also, the Commissioner, Ogun state Ministry of Environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun urged the public to go about their normal duties as the location where the suspected COVID - 19 case was dumped, has been decontaminated.
"Ogun State Ministry of Envirpnment has decontaminated the GTB area where the dead Covid19 suspect was picked up. Everyone should go about their normal duties without any fear," Abudu - Balogun said.

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