The Police Command in Delta has confirmed the death of a 60-year-old U.S. citizen in the state. The US national reportedly died as a result of suspected complications arising from COVID-19.
The state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa confirmed the incident to newsmen in Warri on Sunday. Further, it was gathered that the 60-year-old woman was in Nigeria to visit her male friend. She was accommodated in a hotel in Warri for some time before relocating to another hotel around Orerokpe.
“While they were together for about a week, the woman was coughing and having difficulty in breathing and stooling. So, she was taken to a hospital on Saturday when her condition became worse and eventually died,” Inuwa said.
He said the male friend is with the Police in Orerokpe.
The Police Commissioner said that he had drawn the attention of the Commissioner for Health in Delta to the development. He stated that this was in order for him to contact the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); in view of the COVID-19 symptoms developed by the deceased.
However, Inuwa warned policemen to be very careful with the manner they deal with the said male friend; so as not to get infected with the dreaded COVID-19.
In a related development, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested 10 suspected cult members in the state.
The suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants at Ogunmuyiwa St, Itire; based on credible information about their activities.
Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure in a statement, on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, the operatives got an intelligence report on April 8, 2020 at about 2000 hours; that the suspected cultists were operating in the Itire area. Thereafter, Elkana said the operatives stormed their hideout and arrested the following suspects: Ahmed Ajibosi, Quam Gabriel and Rasheed Afolabi. Also arrested was Terry Ebode, Ibe Ugochukwu, Yusuf Abubakar, Uche Ndubuisi, Lateef Akintunde, Ojo Sunday and Wale Sodiq.