The governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi on Thursday suspended a security guard who allegedly downplayed the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
The security guard in question was said to have trivialised the measures to combating the virus in a video that went viral on social media.
Subsequently in a statement, the governor of Ekiti state disclosed that he has suspended the security guard.
The commissioner of Information in Ekiti State, Muyiwa Olumilua, made this known via a statement, noting that the security man was attached to the Fajuyi Pavilion where matters of lockdown violators were being handled.
The statement read in part: “The attention of the Ekiti State COVID-19 task force has been drawn to a video clip in circulation where a man refused to allow his son, who just returned from a trip outside the state into his house until he had been isolated for 14 days as stipulated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control protocol to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti State,” the statement read.
“We implore members of the public to emulate the patriotic zeal of Mr Adeoye, and promptly report to the Ekiti State COVID-19 task force any out of-state traveler who sneaks into their neighbourhood, or places of abode. This is to safeguard against the likely health hazard that such returnees portend for the larger society.
“The actions or misstatements of the security man that recorded the video which has gone viral does not reflect the capacity or preparedness of the state task force to combat the COVID-19 virus. He has since been suspended pending further investigations for acting outside the jurisdiction of his scope of authority.
“The security man who recorded the encounter is neither a health worker, nor qualified or authorised to determine the health status of the young man. So, none of his actions or misstatements reflect the capacity or preparedness of the state task force to combat the COVID-19 virus.
“Adeoye epitomizes the Ekiti ethos of selflessness, which places greater premium on the collective good of the society above personal and emotional considerations. This is the core of the value orientation policy of the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration.”According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease control, NCDC the country has recorded 1,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 51 deaths across the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT.