The Chief Imam of Kabba, Shiek Ahmed Ejibunu who along with his son was declared as the COVID-19 index case for Kogi State two weeks ago was never treated for the coronavirus disease at the National Hospital according to reports.
Sources say, the Chief Imam who was discharged last Friday was treated for diabetes and other ailments while the son was not even put on bed rest but was running errands for the sick father.
Recall that the Kogi State government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC have been at loggerheads over the free status of the state with the centre on May 27 recording two cases for the state; with the Chief Imam and his son named.
Speaking on Monday with newsmen, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo said the state swung into action immediately the Chief Imam was discharged to ascertain the true nature of his sickness only to find out that he was never treated for the Coronavirus.
According to Fanwo, “We called this Press Conference to bring you up to speed on the Covid-19 situation in Kogi State and to further clear the air on our disagreements on some facts and principles with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over their management of alleged CoviD-19 patients in Kogi State.
“It is no more news that the NCDC declared two COVID-19 cases for Kogi State on the 27th of May, 2020 in circumstances which the Kogi State Government found herself unable to accept as transparent. It has now gone ahead to build on that false foundation by declaring one more case for the State last week, for a total score of 3.
The respected Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheik Abubakar Ahmad Ejibunu who is in his early 60s along with one of his sons were the purported index cases from Kogi State declared on May 27, 2020 by NCDC. They were whisked to Abuja from Lokoja on the said day and declared Covid-19 positive a few hours later.