- Dino Melaye has upheld the report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announcing cases of coronavirus in Kogi state
- The former lawmaker, who represented Kogi West at the 8th NASS, said one of the cases announced by NCDC is personally known to him
- Melaye warned Kogi government against cover-up, saying the state must wake up from imaginary Covid-19 free gimmicks
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Dino Melaye, former Senator representing Kogi West, has dabbled into the face-off between the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Kogi government over the Covid-19 free status of the state.
Legit.ng recalls that Governor Yahaya Bello-led government on Wednesday, May 27, insisted that the north-central state was still free of coronavirus scourge despite fresh discovery.
The state's utter denial coincided with the report by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcing two cases in the state
Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner, in a statement, said the state has conducted hundreds of Covid-19 tests out of which none came out positive.
Cross Rivers is the only state that is yet to record coronavirus as virus spreads across 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The former lawmaker, who represented Kogi West at the 8th NASS, said one of the cases is personally known to him.
Reacting to the development, Melaye who represented Kogi during the 8th National Assembly said the Covid-19 cases in Kogi as announced by NCDC is real.
In a press statement released on Saturday, May 30, the former lawmaker stated that one of the cases is personally known.
“One of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me. I cannot be part of those who will play politics with the lives of my people.
“Covid-19 is real but not a death sentence if handled early enough. Family members of the Kabba victim who got referral to Abuja from Federal Medical Center in Lokoja and all those who had contact with him should please surrender themselves for test so as to curtail the spread.
“Kogi State government must come down from her imaginary high horse and start contact tracing to help curtail the spread," party of the statement read.
Meanwhile, Melaye said that people are more powerful than those they elect to represent them in the legislative and executive arms.
In a Tweet on Friday, May 29, the former lawmaker cautioned political leaders against disrespecting what he termed as "office of the people."
"The office of the citizens is stronger and more powerful than the office of the President, Governors and Legislators. Government is not owned by those in government but the People. All Leaders must start respecting the office of the citizen," Melaye said.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kogi state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) cried out saying the lack of enough testing for coronavirus in the state is putting doctors and other health workers at great risk.
The NMA Kogi state chairman, Dr. Kabir Zubair, speaking with journalists on Thursday, May 21, in Lokoja, said such a challenge is affecting other clinical issues.
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