Two of the attendees at Justice George Oguntade’s 80th birthday have died sparking fears among very important personalities [VIPs] at the part.
This, according to The Punch Newspapers – was revealed by a former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
“Osoba, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said it was true that two people, who attended the party, had died, but stated that unnecessary alarm was being raised,” the paper said.
The event held at the Nigerian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom.
According to SaharaReporters, the two guests were alleged to have died of Coronavirus after attending the event, one other attendee is said to be on a ventilator at a hospital in London.
The online media added that one of the two persons that died is said to be related to Dorlapoh Crystals, a popular UK-based business owner whose company customises fashion items.
The development has since raised fears that scores of other attendees at the ceremony could have contracted the deadly virus.
Among prominent Nigerians, who attended the party are billionaire Rasak Okoya and his wife Sade, a former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, Kessington Adebutu (Baba Ijebu), Oba Saheed Elegushi, music icon – Ebenezer Obey, and Dele Momodu.
Many of these high-profile guests have since returned to Nigeria, further raising concerns that some of them may have imported the dreaded virus into the country without knowing.
With total confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Nigeria rising by 33 to 51 within seven days, prominent Nigerians have gone into self-isolation over possible contact with infected persons.
Those who have gone into self-isolation include the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki; Okoya; as well as Osoba.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Okauru, has also gone into isolation.
On Tuesday, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and three of his aides became the first set of prominent Nigerians, who tested positive for the virus.
Both of them had two weeks ago returned from Germany, where they might have contracted the disease.
Kyari and the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, had on March 9 in Germany met with Siemens officials over an electricity supply agreement signed with the company.
The news of the diagnosis of Kyari and Mohammed triggered fear among ministers and governors, who mingled with them at the Federal Executive Council meeting on March 17 and the National Executive Council meeting on March 18.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, top Presidential Villa officials and the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who had contact with Kyari went into isolation on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, disclosed that Osinbajo tested negative for coronavirus.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Ojudu tweeted,
“Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo tests negative.”
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande, confirmed that the Vice-President tested negative.
Fayemi, Obaseki, NGF DG in self-isolation
The NGF Chairman, Fayemi, said that he had gone into self-isolation having been exposed to two people who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
He also said he had been tested for COVID-19 and urged other governors to do the same.