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Drama as Kogi rejects NCDC result, says state is COVID-19 free

It was a dramatic turnaround as the Kogi State government rejects the result of the NCDC which was released yesterday claiming the state has 2 cases of COVID-19.

Kogi State government insisted that the state is COVID-19 free.

A statement made available to newsmen by the state’s commissioner of Health, Saka Haruna Audu said the state government has developed full testing capacity and conducted hundreds of tests which have come back negative.

In the statement, Audu said the state would not be a party “to any fictitious COVID-19 claims”.

“Kogi State till this very moment is COVID-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have come back negative,” he said.

“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any COVID-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us.

“Any attempt to force us to announce a case of COVID-19 will be vehemently rejected.”

The commissioner asked residents of the state to continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent a spread of the disease.

“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their health concerns,” he said.

There was a controversy after the first visit of NCDC officials to the state. Yahaya Bello, the governor, had ordered the officials to leave the state or be quarantined for 14 days, this the NCDV officials couldn’t do and they left the state at the time.

The centre stated that Kogi had only conducted one test, but the state claimed it had done 111 tests that turned out negative.

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