COVID-19: Lagos receives another batch of 23 Nigerian returnees from Togo

COVID-19: Lagos receives another batch of 23 Nigerian returnees from Togo


Lagos State received another batch of 23 Nigerian returnees from Togo Republic; at the Seme Border Post in the early hours of Sunday.

1st News gathered that the 23 Nigerians, who came from different parts of the world; had landed in Lome on Ethiopian Airlines over two weeks ago.

An official of Port Health Services (PHS) in Seme, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen; that Togolese authorities held back one of the 24 returnees that tested positive to COVID-19.

“The remaining 23 were isolated for 14 days and laboratory examination; the Togo health authorities conducted showed that they are all negative.


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“The results from Togo are here with us.

“We have informed officials of Lagos State Ministry of Health; and they are on their way to Seme border to evacuate the returnees to Yaba for more examination on COVID-19,” he said.

1st News reports that the 67 returnees from Ivory Coast who arrived Seme Border on April 8; in a luxurious bus with registration number Osun XA 240 EJG; are in 14 days quarantine in Badagry where they are undergoing COVID-14 tests.

Last week, 1st News reported that the Lagos State Government said it would only permit the 67 Nigerian returnees from Ivory Coast; to proceed to their state after completion of their 14-day quarantine in Badagry.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this during an inter-ministerial media update on COVID-19 on Thursday in Ikeja.

“On Wednesday, we took 67 Nigerians coming from Ivory Coast; into our quarantine facility in Badagry where we’re keeping them for 14 days.

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“We’ll test them, if they’re positive, we’ll move them into one of our Isolation Wards in Lagos and if they’re negative; we’ll allow them to continue on their way to Osun State which is where they originated from,” the Commissioner said.

Abayomi said that Lagos was monitoring closely movement into the state; as about 10 per cent of the 172 Nigerians who returned from Ivory Coast penultimate week tested positive to Coronavirus.

According to the commissioner, “we are also watching movements closely so as not to increase the number of imported cases in the state.”

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