57-year-old policeman dies of coronavirus in Edo

57-year-old policeman dies of coronavirus in Edo

A Deputy Commissioner of Police attached to the Zone 5 headquarters in Benin, Edo State, Francis Bissong,  has died of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

1st News gathered that the Edo State Police Command that Bissong, a lawyer from Cross River State, fell ill on April 14.

The state Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, confirmed Bissong’s death to newsmen; but said contrary to social media reports, Bissong was in Zone 5 headquarters; and not in the state command.


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He stated, “Yes, he died yesterday (Tuesday) and that was very unfortunate; but he was not in the state command, he was in Zone 5 headquarters in Benin.”

Following the death of the police officer, the Zone 5 headquarters has been thrown into mourning.

“We are in a mourning mood right now”, a police source said on Wednesday; describing the late deputy commissioner of police as “a man vast in knowledge”.

The state Commissioner for Health, Patrick Okundia, who also confirmed the death of Bissong; said he died on Tuesday before he could get to an isolation centre.


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Okundia said, “We had an unfortunate situation of a 57-year-old police officer; who passed on yesterday. The story is not very clear how he got the infection; but he developed some illnesses.

“Initially, there was no evidence of suspicion for coronavirus disease; but when the symptoms started getting worse he was treated at the police clinic.”

He explained that about two days before his death; they called the state surveillance team to have a look at him.

He added that in the process, they took his sample; and sent to the laboratory while he continued with his drugs.

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