COVID-19: Edo discharges 51 more patients, records two new deaths as confirmed cases reach 1874


The Edo State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 51 more coronavirus (COVID-19) patients who have tested negative for the virus and cleared from the state’s isolation centres to reunite with the society.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the state has recorded 24 new confirmed cases and two more COVID-19-related deaths, adding that while 13 cases were confirmed at the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, the remaining 11 were tested at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) laboratory.

Decrying the alarming spate of community spread of the virus, the commissioner urged residents to support the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic by complying with all guidelines against the spread of the virus.

According to him, “Edo State has now recorded a total of 1874 confirmed cases, 8049 suspected cases, 1150 discharged persons and 62 deaths.”

Okundia, however reassured residents that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led state government remains committed to containing the pandemic across all communities in the state and protecting Edo people.

The commissioner further warned against the submission of wrong information, including names, addresses and phone contacts, by residents during sample collection for testing, adding that it was threatening the government’s efforts to contain the pandemic and ensure the health and well-being of the people.

Okundia said there was no need for people to resist testing for COVID-19 or give fake information during the exercise as early detection and treatment increase one’s chances of survival.

The commissioner added, “We urge you to comply with all government directives, aimed at ensuring the health and safety of all residents. Stay at home and observe social distancing and other precautionary measures against the spread of the disease, including regular hand washing with soap under running water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing.”

Buhari’s ordered probe of NDDC rattles Ize-Iyamu’s campaign

…looted Agency’s fund traced to APC candidate, ex-NDDC, Commissioner, Uwuilekhue, on the run

The recent order given by President Muhammadu Buhari for a coordinated probe of the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is unnerving the campaign of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 gubernatorial election.

Mr. Saturday Uwuilekhue, the former commissioner representing Edo State on the board of the NDDC, who is the conduit, is said to be on the run over the billions of naira he looted from the commission, some of which he has channeled to the APC candidate’s campaigns on the directives of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the APC.

Recall that Uwuilekhue had indicated interest to contest for the governorship ticket on the platform of the APC, but was asked to step down by Oshiomhole.

Uwuilekhue is reported to have diverted funds meant for NDDC projects in Edo State, when he served as commissioner, including the money approved for the construction of his street, Aifuwa, in Upper Sokponba area of Benin City, which has since been abandoned.

Several such abandoned projects are in virtually all parts of the catchment area of the NDDC in the state.

A source, who wouldn’t want his name published, said the former Edo State NDDC commissioner was ordered by Oshiomhole to part-finance the APC candidate’s election with the money he ‘made’ (referring to loot) from the agency.

Those close to Uwuilekhue said he bought over existing petrol stations and houses in choice locations in Benin City and elsewhere, and kept a huge war chest for his failed governorship aspiration.

“The Presidential directive is disturbing, given the personality of President Buhari. The Oshiomhole camp is worried that this probe will not be like previous probes that did not produce any result. We know for a fact that the Edo State former commissioner made a lot of money from the NDDC and we also know that he is one of the financiers of the APC governorship candidate in the September 19 election,” the source added


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