Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has tested positive for coronavirus. hours after two of his aides test positive for COVID-19.
John Okiyi Kalu, the state information officer, confirmed this in a statement made available to reporters on Monday.
He said the governor had isolated himself before his findings were confirmed as positive and ordered the lieutenant governor to act on his behalf until his service resumes.
The statement said: “Remember that on Saturday, May 30, 2020, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu voluntarily provided his sample for the COVID-19 test and then instructed the members of the State Executive Council (EXCO) and the COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Committee to come forward for the same test.
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Governor Ikpeazu’s test result was negative.
“On Thursday 4 June 2020, the Governor sent another sample to the laboratory of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for confirmation and the result was positive.
“As a result, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has been placed in isolation, as required by the relevant NCDC protocols, and is being treated by a competent team of medical professionals to help him recover.
“Accordingly, the Governor has instructed his deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf until he recovers fully from the virus.
“We want to urge all the Abia State Indigenes to take the fight against COVID-19 seriously, as the disease is real but not a death sentence. Our state has the means to make patients well again.