COVID-19: Police arrest Kwara Hotel clubbers who escape from isolation centre

Poor security by govt prompted action – Source …as Kwara record highest daily cases

By Mumini AbdulKareem and Ahmed Ajikobi  

About four persons who reportedly escaped from the Isolation centre at Hajj Camp road in Ilorin have been rearrested by the police, National Pilot has learnt.

The four persons were among the fifty that were arrested by the state government while clubbing at Kwara Hotel on Saturday in violation of the covid-19 protocols.

The Kwara State Technical Committee on Covid-19 led by the chairman and Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Kayod Alabi reportedly arrested them following a tip off.

The suspects were taken to the state’s quarantine centre where their samples were collected for testing. Although the suspects were supposed to remain at the isolation centre until their test results come back and their status is confirmed.

However on Sunday, there we report that some of the suspects have escaped from the facility.

But a police source who is privy the development said only confirmed their escape to this medium last night adding that they have all been rearrested and taken back to the centre.

“It was four of them that escaped and the policemen at Lubcon later trailed and rearrested them after some people raised the alarm. They were part of those that were brought by the team of the Deputy Governor for violating the covid-19 protocol.

“The security in the place is very poor and that places are open with low fences. That went out to one of the fences but they were later arrested.

Efforts to get the state Commissioner for Communication, Mrs Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin on the matter last night was not successful as several calls and text message sent to her was neither answered nor responded to.

Meanwhile Kwara State has record highest daily cases with 85 on Saturday. Lagos, 115 and Enugu 80 were other states that also high number of new cases on Saturday.

The new cases brought the total number of incidents of the pandemic in the country to 36,107 with 778 deaths recorded thus far.

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