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Kogi State Government Cliams COVID-19 Is A Fraud



Kingsley Fanwo

The Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, has described the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria as a fraud.

Fanwo stated this during an interview, asking the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC to stop ”defrauding” Nigerians with the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Commissioner for Information who spoke on Channels Television, NCDC has an agenda to spread COVID-19 to all the states in the Federation.

Fanwo said:

” NCDC should stop defrauding this country. I am not one of those who think NCDC is helping this country. I am one of those who think NCDC has an agenda to spread COVID19 to all the states of the Federation. When there was no case in Kogi state, they did all they could to ensure that Kogi has a case. They are locking down the country, advising the presidency to lock down the country, the economy is bleeding.

“Other ailments are killing Nigerians while they are concentrating on a pandemic that has killed less people than malaria has killed in the last two months. As a state, we do not trust in the cridbility of the NCDC,” he said.

Meanwhile, the NCDC has reacted to Fanwo’s position.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC revealed that Kogi state which hitherto had no confirmed case now has two cases.


Ihekweazu dismissed the claims made by the Kogi state government. He said there is no confusion about the cases because of the reference address given by the patients is Kogi state.

”There is actually no dilemma in the two cases. They followed absolutely normal practice. The patient that was referred from the Federal Medical Center to the National Hospital. This is a normal referral pathway when you have a case. They physicians in the National Hospital suspected COVID19 from the clinical symptoms of the patient, asked for a test, it came out positive. The individual lives in Kogi state.

“Your public health response is based on where you live because that is where your contacts are so this is not controversial in anyway. Standard practice was followed. Once the results came out, the state epidiemiologist was informed that he has to do contact tracing around this patient. It is the state’s responsibility to do that contact tracing. So we hope they do it,” he said.

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