Most of the persons announced to have recently contracted the coronavirus in Abia state have been confirmed to be police officers serving in the Abia State Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
It will be recalled the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its daily update on Sunday 7th June, announced that Abia State recorded 67 new positive cases.
After Sunday’s disclosure by the NCDC, the Abia State government in a statement on Monday by the state commissioner of information, John Okiyi Kalu disclosed that the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
However, a highly placed Abia State Government official, who spoke under the cover of anonymity, told Daily Sun that police officers made up the highest number of new cases in Sunday’s NCDC report.
The official disclosed that up to 10 police officers were part of those who tested positive to COVID-19 and they have been quarantined at the state isolation centre where they are receiving medical attention.
‘I must tell you that contrary to the insinuation in some quarters that names of government officials were high on the list of those who tested positive on Sunday, the highest number we have on that list are policemen.
‘We do not intend to make their identities public for obvious reasons, but they have been duly notified, traced and are in the isolation centre where they are being taken care of and will soon be nursed back to good health,” the source said.
When contacted, Abia Police Command spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna said he was not aware of the development.
Meanwhile, Nigeria recorded its highest daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with the announcement by the NCDC of 663 new cases in the country.