One Mr Femi Adeoye has denied his son, who just returned from a trip outside Ekiti State access into the house, without confirming his COVID-19 status.
Adeoye said his son must be isolated for 14 days, as stipulated by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control protocol for preventing community spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Meanwhile, the State Task Force on Covid-19 has commended Mr Adeoye, for refusing to cover-up his son’s travel history.
The state government while reacting to a video clip in circulation on the matter in a statement said, “Mr Adeoye epitomizes the Ekiti ethos of selflessness, which places greater premium on the collective good of the society above personal and emotional considerations.
“This is the core of the Values Orientation policy of the Fayemi-led Administration”.
The statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua said, “We also consider it necessary to inform members of the public that the video was recorded about four days ago, by one of the security men attached to the Fajuyi Pavilion, where the Enforcement Taskforce uses as its base for coordination of daily operations.
“The security man who recorded the encounter is neither a health worker, nor qualified or authorized to determine the health status of the young man”.
It said none of the actions or misstatements reflect the capacity or preparedness of the State Taskforce to combat the COVID-19 virus.
“The officer in question has been suspended pending further investigations, for acting outside the jurisdiction of his scope of authority”.
The statement added, “Following the encounter, the young man has been in the custody of the state for the past four days, and has since been taken to one of the designated quarantine centres, where he would be for 14 days, in line with laid down procedure that dictates that anyone who sneaks into the state, would be quarantined for fourteen (14) days, at their own cost.
“His samples will also be taken for testing in order to ensure he has not been infected in the course of his travels to high incidence areas of the country”.
While imploring members of the public to emulate the patriotic zeal of Mr Adeoye, the state government urged people to “promptly report to the Ekiti State Covid-19 Taskforce, any out of-State traveller who sneaks into their neighbourhood, or places of abode.
“This is to safeguard against the likely health hazard that such returnees portend for the larger society”.