A London returnee to Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State, (name withheld), who refused self-isolation but was freely moving has been arrested and forced to go on self-isolation.
The man reportedly returned from London on March 23rd but refused self-isolation.
Before his arrest and consequent self-isolation, he had reportedly assaulted Surveillance Officers of the Emergency Operation Committee on COVID19 in the state when he was visited and advised to go on the compulsory 14 days isolation.
Peeved by his behaviour, some residents of the community, according to a reliable source, reported the matter to Surveillance Officers of the Emergency Operation Committee on COVID19.
Confirming the incident in a statement, Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, said “Surveillance Officers who acted on the information that a returnee from London fails to self-isolate in line with government directive.”
Ononye in the statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Mr Donald Ojobo, said members of the Okpanam Community had reported of a case of a recent returnee from London who did not self-isolate.
He said the officers who promptly responded by visiting him were assaulted by the returnee.
According to VANGUARD, the returnee who later apologised said he was angry because he was being “treated like a leper” since his return from London, adding that his rudeness to Covid 19 surveillance officers was a transfer of aggression.
Meanwhile, the returnee has since been escorted home where he is currently under self-isolation under the watchful eyes of the security personnel and will be monitored daily by the Surveillance team until the mandatory self-isolation period was completed.