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Published On: Thu, Aug 21st, 2014

Corpse abandoned over Ebola scare in Kaduna

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

It was a miled drama along the ever busy Rabah Road, close to NAF Club in Kaduna yesterday when a former counsellorship aspirant from Badarawa/Malali Ward, Mr. Samaila Dogo slumped and was later confirmed dead while walking on the road.

The incident created a pandemonium as people started insinuating that the late Samaila Dogo must have died of Ebola virus and in view of this everyone kept far away from him. The body was under the heavy rainfall in the town for almost 7hours before men from the Nigerian Civil Defence Corp (NCDC), moved to the scene and later removed the corpse to the mortuary.

The hospital authority where the body was deposited later on traced the address of the deceased to Makama Road, Anguwar Gado, Malali where his family were contacted about the sad development.

When our reporter visited the family house, the senior brother, Nuhu Dogo debunked the allegation that his late brother must have died of Ebola infection as being speculated across the town.

“I know that he’s an hypertensive patient and coupled with the recent family problems when his wife left him; so, he has been having both psychological and medical problems.

“When he lost the counsellorship election in the last election in Kaduna State, he has not been the same because he spent so much in his campaign. All these contributed to his problem. We’re still waiting for the doctor’s autopsy, but I’m very sure my brother did not die of any Ebola virus,” he said.

The family house of late Samaila Dogo has become Mecca of a sort as people troop in to condole the family.

The Village Head of Anguwar Gado, Yusuf Maisamari said the whole area has been in a state of confusion since three days ago, when the late Samaila Dogo did not return home.

According to the village head, a search party was organized to look for him but all to no avail; until the security agents came to inform the family of his demise and I can categorically say; ‘I don’t think he died of Ebola virus’.

Meanwhile, men from Kaduna State Environmental Protection Agency, KEPA were seen fumigating the area where the deceased slumped and died.

Meanwhile, South Africa has banned travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three West African nation’s worst-hit by Ebola outbreak.

South Africa said on Thursday that it would only allow its own citizens from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over fears of the virus, Reuters reported Thursday.

People travelling from Nigeria and other countries will also be allowed entry into South Africa; a government statement was quoted as saying. South Africa is only the latest in a list of countries to have restricted access to the country, following Kenya, Seychelles and others.


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