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Published On: Tue, Mar 24th, 2020

My son, Mohammed, didn’t show COVID-19 symptoms on arriving Nigeria, says Atiku

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Monday explained that his son, Mr Mohammed did not show symptoms of coronavirus infection when he returned to Nigeria from a COVID-19 prone country on the 17th of this month.
Atiku explained that his son in his desire to be tested, voluntarily placed a call to the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on arrival in Abuja late on the 18th to inform them he had returned from COVID-19 prone country.
The former Vice President and presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 elections, explained that on the 19th, the NCDC took
his blood sample which result came positive on the 20th.
Atiku stated further said that his son subsequently went into self isolation to protect his family within his own house.
The former Vice President, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe yesterday in Abuja, pointed out that his son did not travel with his family or any other but travelled alone by Emirates Airline.
The statement by Paul Ibe reads in full, “For the purpose of putting the records straight and dispelling false narratives about the itinerary of a son of former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakr currently undergoing treatment for Corona Virus (COVID-19) infection, I wish to make the following clarifications:
*The clinical case returned to the country on 17th March via Switzerland from some business engagements in France and Switzerland.
*He attended a private meeting of six (6) persons same day in Lagos, stayed in his private house for the night and took an Aero 5.20pm flight to Abuja on the 18th.
*The case did not travel with his family or any other but travelled alone by Emirates Airline.
*The case wore face mask as a precautionary measure since his arrival in Nigeria.
*The case did not show symptoms of infection and voluntarily placed a call to NCDC on arrival in Abuja late on the 18th to inform them he had returned from COVID-19 prone country and desired to be tested.
*On the 19th, NCDC took his blood sample which result came positive on the 20th. He subsequently went into self-isolation to protect his family within his own house.
*Meantime his son has since tested negative while his wife’s result is being awaited. The two persons are currently in self isolation.
The statement therefore urged members of the public to disregard the perfidious information that the case accessed open locations.
According to the statement, “He was not at Play Lounge nor any other club in Abuja as being mischievously bandied about.
“The case neither attended the Friday Jumu’a prayers nor any social gathering until his evacuation to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital on the 20th where he is being treated and managed.
“We thank Nigerians for their prayers and support through this difficult time. “Once again, it needs to be restated that the risk and danger of #COVID19 is real. Ensure you follow the World Health Organization and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on how to stay safe”, it said.

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