Border Closure: One tests positive to Coronavirus, as 23 returnees allowed into Nigeria

Even with the closure of the nation’s land border by the federal government, 23 returnees entered Nigeria from Togo Republic through Seme Border Post in Lagos State during the early hours of Sunday.

It was gathered that there were initially 24 returnees, one was held back by the Togolese authorities after testing positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The 23 are Nigerians, came from different parts of the world, had landed in Lome on Ethiopian Airlines in the past two weeks.

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According to A Port Health Services (PHS) official in Seme, who pleaded anonymity, ‘One of the 24 returnees that tested positive to COVID-19 was held by Togolese authorities.

“The remaining 23 were isolated for 14 days and laboratory examination conducted by the Togo health authorities showed that they are all negative.

“The results from Togo are here with us.

“We have informed officials of Lagos State Ministry of Health and they are on their way to Seme border to evacuate the returnees to Yaba for more examination on COVID-19,” he said.

Recall that the 67 returnees from Ivory Coast who arrived Seme Border on April 8 in a luxurious bus with registration number Osun XA 240 EJG are in 14 days quarantine in Badagry where they are undergoing COVID-14 tests.


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