The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Ikpeazu had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, and had directed the deputy governor to act on his behalf.
Disclosing this in a statement obtained by TheCable, on Monday, John Okiyi Kalu, the states commissioner for information said “on Saturday, 30th May, 2020, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu volunteered his sample for COVID-19 test and subsequently directed members of the state Executive Council (EXCO) and those of the inter ministerial committee on COVID-19 to submit themselves for the same test.
On Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020, the result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative. ”On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at NCDC laboratory for confirmation and the result returned positive.
”As a result, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation, as required by relevant NCDC protocols, and he is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.
”Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.
”We wish to urge all Abians to take the fight against COVID-19 serious as the disease is real but not a death sentence. Our state has the resources to manage patients back to good health.”
As at today, Nigeria has recorded a total of 12,486 COVID-19 cases, discharged 3,959 and lost 354 persons to the dreaded virus.