Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, allegedly avoids COVID-19 test despite close contact with dead victims

Former governor of the Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, has allegedly avoided taking the coronavirus (COVID-19) tests despite meeting two prominent citizens of the state, who died of the virus recently

According to SR, Ali Modu Sheriff, refused to make himself available for COVID-19 and his whereabouts has become a subject of debate which has sparked concerns from residents of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, allegedly avoids COVID-19 test despite close contact with dead victims

A member of the state prevention and response team said the former governor was one of the contacts being traced and linked up with late former governor, Mohammed Goni, and Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Elkanemi, who both died of the virus.

Both Goni and Elkanemi had had last week attended the funeral of Sheriff’s late father, Galadima Modu Sheriff, in Maiduguri where social distancing rules were broken by attendees.

Also, during the three days of mourning, they were said to have had meetings with Sheriff at his father’s residence and his private residence in GRA Maiduguri.

SR revealed that the former governor had fled to Abuja to avoid health officials especially from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the state’s COVID-19 prevention and team from taking his sample for test.

A source was quoted to have said;

“We are surprised that someone like him would be afraid to get tested. They called him several times to make himself available for testing but he refused. He deceived them and ran away to Abuja with few of his aides.

“This is someone who had different meetings with the late Goni,” the source said.

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