A media adviser to the former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, in a statement released Monday stated that Atiku’s son who was reported to have tested positive for the new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) did not visit any club in Abuja.
Paul Ibe in the press statement reacting to the circulating report that the former president’s son, Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, visited a club in Abuja noted: “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 urge members of the public to disregard the perfidious information that the case accessed open location. 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.”
“Meantime his son has since tested negative while his wife’s result is being awaited. The two persons are currently in self isolation.”
Narrating Mohammed’s itinerary prior to his being confirmed positive for the virus, Ibe reported that;
“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.”