The speaker of Edo state house of assembly, Frank Okiye, has tested positive for coronavirus.
This was announced by the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, during a press briefing on Wednesday.
He said Okiye is the index case of COVID-19 in the state.
Shaibu explained that the speaker had returned from the United Kingdom after which he went into self isolation.
He said Okiye was tested for the disease and the result came out positive.
“The index case of coronavirus in Edo State, is the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye. He travelled to United Kingdom, he came back and went into self-isolation. He sent his sample for testing and it came out positive,” he said.
“He is in stable condition. His family members have also been tested and the tests came out negative.
“The interesting thing about it is that, since when he entered Nigeria, he avoided everybody and he has been putting on face mask, he avoided touching his own vehicle and he went straight into self-isolation.
“In fact, he prepared his isolation centre before he returned from London, he asked his wife to prepare a room for him where he was going to isolate. He actually avoided everybody. The only two persons he had direct contact with were his wife and daughter and they have been tested and fortunately, they tested negative.”
Shaibu said the state Governor Godwin Obaseki has gone into self isolation after close contacts with some government officials who tested positive for the virus.
The presidential chief of staff, Abba Kyari, and governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, have been diagnosed of the disease.
“Following the close contact with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed that were tested positive, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki has gone into self- isolation,” he said.