Governor Abdullahi Sule, Nasarawa State, has tracked and returned four women who escaped from the quarantine centre at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who doubled as State Taskforce on COVID-19, disclosed this on Monday in Lafia while briefing newsmen on the update of the activities to contain the spread of the virus in the state.
Sofonews.ng reports that the women had escaped from the quarantine centre on Sunday during a protest over alleged poor feeding and neglect by the state government.
Those quarantined include over 200 travellers from high risk states as well as returnee Quranic education pupils (Almajirai) from Bauchi State.
The Deputy Governor further said that, “it is true there was a protest by those quarantined at the holding centre at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic in Lafia and four women escaped during the protest.
“All the women were traced and had since been returned to the centre for continued evaluation before they are release if found to be free of coronavirus.
“We are not holding them because we hate them, but it was aimed at ensuring that people from high risks areas are properly checked and certified to be free from coronavirus before they meet their different families.”
Dr Emmanuel Akabe further explained that they were properly taken care of contrary to the insinuation making the round.
“Humans naturally do not want to be confined to one place, that was just the reason for the protest and not because of poor feeding or neglect,” the deputy governor added.
He also said that samples from many of them were already taken for testing with some found positive, while other results were still being awaited.
Sofonews.ng reports that Gov. Abdullahi Sule had directed that all travellers from high risks states to be quarantined, tested and certified free of the virus before they are allowed to go.
Sofonews.ng also report that Nasarawa state has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and One death from the coronavirus.