5 Gombe Lawmakers Test Positive For COVID-19

As the cases of the deadly COVID-19 continues to rise in Nigeria, five members of the Gombe state House of Assembly have tested positive to the virus.

This development was made public by the Chairman of the state task force on COVID-19, Prof Idris Mohammed, at a press briefing earlier today.

Going by Mohammed, the lawmakers whose identities were not disclosed have been admitted at different isolation centers in the state.

The state currently has 217 confirmed cases of the viral disease.

This is coming after Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, tested positive for COVID-19 (the fourth Nigerian governor to test positive for the virus).

Okezie Ikpeazu positive test was disclosed by the state commissioner of information John Okiyi Kalu, in a statement on Monday after the governor dropped samples twice for the test.

The statement reads;

“Recall that 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.”