TRANSCRIPT OF THE GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT*
COVID-19: AN INDEX CASE RECORDED IN EBONYI STATE.
The first COVID 19 index case is a 31 year old man from Ukawu in Onicha Local Government area of Ebonyi state. He operates a hire purchase business with his Sienna vehicle which he uses to carry food items to Ore in Ondo state.
Usually after selling his food items, he uses his vehicle to carry passengers back to South East. He has made two journeys this year, one on 29th of March and returned to Ebonyi on 1st of April and second one at about 12th of April. While in Ore, he couldn’t get passengers to bring back to south east and he had to wait for sometime in Ore, sleeping in motor parks and filling stations.
And when he could not, he started making his way back to south east. On his way, he saw 3 Ebonyians that were speaking Ebonyi language and he had to stop and they told him that they were going back to Ebonyi state but they were stranded.
They called the parents and the parents agreed that he should bring them back that they will pay him while in Ebonyi state. He picked the 3 Ebonyians together with himself and they started coming back. And that was about 15th of April till about the 24th of April when they got to the border of Ebonyi State.
From his account, they were sleeping in the filling stations, and parks while also making their way back to Ebonyi State. He wriggled his way through the border, passed through IVO LG and through Afikpo North LG and to Okposi in Ohaozara LGA in Ebonyi State when the chairman of the LG and his team caught him.
First, they dragged them to Okposi Police post and then because of our policy, our policy in the state is that when any Ebonyi man had gotten to the border, there is nothing you will do that he will not get into the state.
So the police station in Okposi and some Neighborhood Watch now took him to the stadium where the medical team, and some security agencies are and other returnees and a test was conducted on him and it came POSITIVE and the 3 others came NEGATIVE.
When I was told last night, I directed that they should repeat the test this morning on the other 3 passengers that he carried and they came NEGATIVE and so we have isolated him.
Ebonyians have nothing to fear because this young man that tested POSITIVE did not make any other contact with anybody, but for avoidance of doubt any body who made any contact with him should report to the stadium at the capital city so that he/she will be tested.
-- Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi