By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Four returnees from Lagos State have escaped from their quarantine centre at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic Lafia in Nasarawa State during a protest over alleged non feeding and neglect.
The protesters were made up returnees from Lagos and other high risk Covid 19 states as well as over 180 destitute children also called Almajiri who were evacuated from Bauchi.
The protesters who were carrying sticks and iron rods chanted songs in Hausa which is translated as “this is our state,allow us to go home” over powered the few security officers and forced their way out of the main gate of the hostel which led to the escape of four women.
They alleged that the health personnel who came to take their samples for tests were partial.
Medical personnel who came to the area to take their samples for tests dumped the kits used on the quarantined protesters at the gate of the hostel and sped off.
It took the Swift deployment of army personnel, more police officers from the B and E Divisions, the DSS and the Civil Defense personnel to restore calm at the area.
In a telephone interview,the state commissioner of Police Mr Bola Longe said more Mobile police officers have been deployed to the area.
When the state Chairman Task Force Committee on Covid 19 and the Deputy Governor of the state Dr. Emmanuel Akabe was contacted on phone, he neither picked his calls nor responded to text messages sent to him. However, the state Commissioner for Health Mr Ahmed Yahaya denied alleged non feeding of the returnees and said samples from about fifty of them had been taken for Covid 19 tests.
So far, nine confirmed cases of COVID 19 with one death have been recorded in Nasarawa State.