More than 18 military personnel in the Nigerian army have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), military sources told Channels Television on Sunday.
Infected military officers were reportedly linked to the late Major General Olu Irefin, who died last week of COVID-19 complications.
According to sources, the influential high-ranking officers were at the 2020 Nigerian Army Resource Center in Abuja. Participants of the annual conference of the Chief of Staff of the Army.
In addition, it is said that the late General Irefin visited the homes of some of his colleagues before attending the conference.
After that, all the officers present at the conference, their wives and other family members living with them were isolated for a week by the Nigeria Centers for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to sources, the injured high-ranking officers are mainly those who came from outside Abuja and were tested by NCDC officials.
However, others who were in the nation’s capital have yet to take the test for the virus.
Channels Television also learnt that the venue of the aborted conference – the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Asokoro – has been decontaminated by health officials at the weekend
Major General Irefin fell ill at the 2020 Chief of Army Staff Conference last week and was taken to the hospital.
He was later confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 and was receiving treatment before he died.
The late general was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Six Division of the Army in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.