Mrs Zeenat Zakzaky, wife of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has tested negative for COVID-19.
The Acting Controller-General, NCoS, Mr John Mrabure, disclosed this in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO); Controller of Corrections, (CC) Mr Francis Enobore on Monday, February 8, in Abuja.
1st News had reported that Zeenat was said to have contracted the virus while in custody in Kaduna. The development had prompted a call for her evacuation to an NCDC isolation centre in the state. Mrabure revealed that the order was later reversed. Not convinced with the purported infection story, the Correctional Service insisted on conducting a COVID-19 test.
This, he said, was in collaboration with the state government, her personal physician and the NCDC in the state.
“Happily, the test result has been released and the inmate, including her contacts have no trace of COVID-19 virus. It is important to state with emphasis that Zeenat Zakzaky never contracted COVID-19 infection as it was alleged,” he said.
Mrabure, however, expressed his deep appreciation to members of the public for their cooperation in obeying the restriction guidelines to custodial centres.
He assured the public that the Service would continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols and strengthen efforts with prevention measures to curtail the spread of the virus into any custodial centre.
Meanwhile, House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, has stated that leaders must make sacrifices to get the country out of the woods.
Gbajabiamila made this statement in Sokoto, on Sunday, February 7, when he visited Governor Aliyu Wamakko to commiserate with him on the fire outbreak at the Central Market.
The Speaker also visited Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar who lost his brother, Abdulkadir Abubakar Jeli, a former commissioner.
Gbajabiamila said many countries had passed through turbulent moments; and emerged stronger through the commitment of leaders as well as citizens.
He said: “We need to collectively strengthen efforts at rebuilding hope for the advancement of the country; in the spirit of unity.”
According to Gbajabiamila, Wamakko was described as a leader from whose knowledge and experience many Nigerians would continue to tap; adding: “I have high regard for him in many respects.”