Ebonyi State Governor, David Nweze Umahi, has tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.
The governor made the announcement in a statement he signed on Saturday.
He, however, noted that he is asymptomatic and has since isolated himself in line with Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC) protocols.
He said he has handed over the running of the state to his deputy, Kelechi Igwe.
Umahi said some of his close aides also tested positive for the virus but did not reveal the identities of those who tested positive.
The governor also appealed to residents in the state to take preventive measures.
He added that he is working from home and will conduct all meetings virtually.
Governor Umahi joins other state governors who have been infected from the novel virus.