COVID-19: Returnee Kogi lawmaker refuses quarantine


There was palpable fear and apprehension in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital as news of one of the state lawmakers who just returned from the United States of America refused to quarantine himself for 14 days as ordered by the federal government.

The lawmaker,   Balogun Bello, representing Ajaokuta state constituency, was said to have arrived the country by weekend and was spotted at a popular restaurant, Missi T Sunday afternoon and later in the night at the Lokoja club.

It was gathered that the lawmaker was said to have visited USA where he was residing before his election into the house and two other European countries before he returned  to the country.

The source stated that two other lecturers from Kogi State University who were on study leave in one of the European countries also sneaked into the state by weekend and their whereabouts is still unknown.

However, the issue of the lawmaker and the two lecturers was raised  Monday at the inauguration of the Squadron team , a committee set up by the state government to curtail the spread of the disease in the state.

The state commissioner of health, Saka Audu, was said to have been mandated to issue a statement on the danger of the spread of the deadly  disease in the state and to caution citizens on the need to adhere strictly to WHO warnings.

As at the time of filing in this report, the lawmaker who is the majority leader in the state assembly is still said to be moving freely round the state.

When our correspondent sought for his reaction through his cell phone, he refused to pick his calls.  He did not also  respond to a text message sent to him.

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