About 20 Nigerian Army top brass down with Covid-19 as SGF goes on isolation
By GFDNews Correspondent
The camp of Nigerian military hierarchy has been hit the Coronavirus infection as about 20 Generals have been reported to have tested positive for COVID-19, just as the Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has gone into self-isolation.
The 20 Army to brass were said to have tested positive for the dreaded disease after their participation at last week’s Chief of Army Staff Conference as a result of possible contact with the deceased General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, John Irefin, a major general who died from complications arising from covid-19 infection.
Also, Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the federal government went on self-isolation after some members of his household tested positive for coronavirus.
The infected military officers were believed to have had contact with the deceased general during the Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2020, in Abuja, last week.
The conference was eventually called off immediately the news of Irefin’s death from Covid-19 spread, while many of the participants, including the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai; the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; and GOCs from nearly all the army divisions nationwide, were directed to go on self-isolation.
To curtail further spread of the virus, all the officers who attended the conference, their wives, and other members of their families who live with them, have been directed to self-isolate for a week by the NCDC.
The sources revealed that the affected senior army officers were mostly those who came from outside Abuja and have been tested by officials of the NCDC.
As a result of the imposition of self-isolation on the military command, the COAS, Buratai was unable to attend the wedding of his son in Abuja on Friday.
Some of the infected Army GOCs and principal officers are already receiving treatments at the COVID-19 isolation centre located at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, while others are also being quarantined at other isolation centres in the Federal Capital Territory.
The development, it was learnt, has sparked panic among top military brass who had yet to take the COVID-19 test.
A source said, “The report is true; I know about four generals who returned positive and are being treated for the disease.”
The Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa, could not be reached for comment as he did not respond to calls. He had yet to react to a WhatsApp message as of the time of filing this report.