Stella Dimoko Lawmakers Resolve To Probe Controversy Surrounding Benue State COVID-19 Index Case


Advertisement - Mobile In-Article

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lawmakers Resolve To Probe Controversy Surrounding Benue State COVID-19 Index Case

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the case involving Mrs Susan Idoko, the index case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Benue State who was transferred to Abuja.

The matter was raised on Tuesday as a motion of urgent public importance by a member of the House from Benue State, Blessing Onuh, during plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Onuh, who represents Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency, said Idoko was quarantined by the government following misinformation and diagnoses.

According to her, the 56-year-old woman who is an indigene of Benue State with dual citizenship from the United Kingdom flew into Nigeria on March 22 for her mother‘s funeral.

The lawmaker added that Idoko, unfortunately, got quarantined by the government for COVID-19, saying it was an assertion backed by discrepancies in the laboratory results.

She noted that Idoko had a long flight following her departure from the United Kingdom and must have had jetlag – a common occurrence that necessitated her presentation to the hospital where she was primarily managed.

Onuh decried that the details of Idoko were not consistent with that of the lady who was referred from Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja.

She added that the personal information on the laboratory result from the NCDC did not tally with Idoko’s personal details.

According to the lawmaker, COVID-19 is real but not a death sentence or a yardstick for discrimination, and human rights infringement or violation, and Idoko’s case should not be different.

While commending the measures put in place by the government to tackle the disease, she said Idoko has begun to deteriorate psychologically and already having suicidal thoughts.

Onuh claimed that Idoko has been in isolation for about 50 days and has been forced to take treatment for COVID-19 even in her asymptomatic state.

Following contributions from other lawmakers, the House resolved to mandate the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), through the Federal Ministry of Health to critically evaluate Idoko as a matter of urgency and if proven otherwise, she should be allowed to go home.

It also resolved to carry out quality contact tracing and urge persons who are symptomatic to go for proper clinical evaluation and management with prompt release when they return to their premorbid state.

The lawmakers condemned the stigmatisation, inhumane treatment, and violation of the human rights of the people
from channels tv


  1. They butchered this case! They've held this woman since March for no just reason.

    I want to assume this was most probably done by one power intoxicated personnel who had a personal grudge against this woman.

    I hope she is cleared and free soon.

    1. Nobody should be held beyond 14 days if they show no sign and even if you have symptoms, you are supposed to be in quarantine for another 14 day unless you develope other condition. This is very horrible. Nigerian government is a death net.

  2. Better, that's the honourable thing to do.

  3. I hope they clear this woman case, she has really suffered.

  4. I guess the governor don't want to let her go so that Benue State will be declared COVID'19 free, someone was telling my aunt that they import
    COVID'19 patients to increase the number of cases so as to get a better share of the COVID'19 funds, if you are an indigene of Benue State and you have COVID'19 they call you to come home.

  5. It's about time.

  6. God'so you mean this woman is still in isolation 'since March oo and she has been lamenting. Oh God 'what a country

  7. Ghen ghen!

    I have been looking at this woman's with side eyes and tapping of leg since. Abi how do they want to explain imprisonement of an index case out of all the index cases worldwide?

    This shows that there is serious power tussle or vendetta going on in the state's governance.

    Now Madam Okpe don rise like flour. Let them deal with it.


  8. Once they cannot manipulate you,they choose to destroy you.


Disclaimer: Comments And Opinions On Any Part Of This Website Are Opinions Of The Blog Commenters Or Anonymous Persons And They Do Not Represent The Opinion Of

Pictures and culled stories posted on this site are given credit and if a story is yours but credited to the wrong source,Please contact and corrections will be made..

If you have a complaint or a story,Please Contact Via
Mobile Phone +4915210724141