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Top police officer flees after testing positive to COVID-19 in Abuja

A Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) who tested positive for COVID-19 in Abuja has fled to an unknown address.

The officer whose names have been withheld fled after a team of health workers went to evacuate him from his residence

The policeman was initially quarantined and receiving treatment at the National Hospital Abuja Isolation Centre.

The CSP (names withheld) attached to 21 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Nyanya, Abuja, fled when a team of health workers went to evacuate him from his residence at Garki Barracks on Friday, May 15.

Police authorities and officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are now looking for the officer who was said to have been under quarantine and receiving treatment at the National Hospital Abuja Isolation Centre.

However, it was not clear how and why the officer left the hospital and went home to continue self- treatment with the help of his friends and colleagues.

Sources who spoke to The Nation said NCDC officials were led by policemen from Garki Division to the officer’s residence but he refused to open the door and follow them.

“He was later seen driving out of the barracks in his car to an unknown destination. His mobile phone has remained unreachable.

“Surveillance teams have been set up to trail and take him into custody. Police medical team has alerted and on standby,” the source said.

CANDIIDONLINE recalls that that Akin Abayomi, the commissioner for health in Lagos, on Friday, May 8, revealed a stunning reality faced by medical practitioners in the state as they attend to coronavirus patients.

Abayomi, responding to questions that border the seemingly unexplainable difference between the occupancy of the isolation centres and the recorded number of cases each day, said that many patients are actually scared of being admitted.

The commissioner added that due to this fear, many persons who test positive to the virus run away from the centres.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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