The Government of Abia State has declared one Mr Emmanuel Ononiwu wanted for fleeing after testing positive to COVID 19 at Aba.
According to a statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu on Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had announced that Mr Ononiwu’s sample tested positive, but he refused submitting himself for appropriate medical management and isolation.
The statement said “He escaped from a temporary holding facility in Aba prior to movement to an isolation center after being informed of his COVID-19 status.”
“All subsequent appeals made to him through his phone line, 08033484117, fell on deaf ears as he insisted that he will not turn himself in and has gone ahead to switch off his line along with that of his spouse who is also required to come in immediately for testing. His last tracked location was around Asa Triangle in Aba South LGA,” the statement read.
The state government however calls on anyone with useful information as to the whereabouts of the said patient to come forward, as doing so will help reduce the spread of the virus.
“If seen anywhere, please report to the nearest security agency or call 0700 2242 362, but do not approach him without full protection to avoid infection.
“Enforcement teams all over the state are also advised to be on the look out and take him in as soon as he is found.
“All those who had contact with him in the past 14 days are strongly advised to call 0700 2242 362 and submit themselves for testing.
“We strongly advise all citizens and residents to be vigilant and take necessary measures to protect themselves. Do not leave your house without wearing your face mask appropriately and ensure you maintain social distance at all times.
“COVID-19 is real and if we take responsibility as individuals we can win the battle against the virus in our state and country,” the statement said.