While the federal government has refused to disclose the identity of the second death recorded on coronavirus in Nigeria, residents of Imo State are presently disturbed over speculation that owner of Fancy Hotel, Owerri, Mr Christogonus Aguwa Osuagwu who died in Abuja on Monday may be the undisclosed Covid-19 victim.
Recall that TheNEwsGuru(TNG) had earlier reported that Minister of Health of Health, Osagie Ehanire, at a media briefing where he made the announcement, refused to mention either the name of the victim or isolation centre where the case died.
State chairman of the Hoteliers Association of Nigeria, Chima Chukwunyere, who spoke to newsmen, said the death of Osuagwu remains a mystery to the association as he pointed out that the deceased had been battling with kidney problem for some time.
“We cannot say for sure if he died of COVID -19 or not because he never subjected himself to test, but we know that he had been battling with a kidney problem for a very long time,” Chukwunyere explained.
Meanwhile, the hotel has been sealed and all those he came in contact with have been quarantined, Chukwunyere said.
Similarly, there are speculations making the round in the social media that the victim could be the Chief Executive Officer of Fancy Hotel, Owerri, Imo State, one Mr. Christogonus Aguwa Osuagwu, who was alleged to be a returnee from Europe.
An anonymous statement widely shared in the public reads: “The CEO of Fancy Hotel Owerri, Mr. Christogonus Aguwa Osuagwu who just came back from Europe, where Corona Virus is ravaging had died. Instead of subjecting himself to test, he flew to Abuja where he died on Monday.
“All efforts by NCDC to trace him proved abortive. Even the DSS went to his hotel to look for him to force him to quarantine centre but couldn’t find him. “His hotel located at Umuguma in Owerri had been shut down today by the Imo State Government while all the guests quarantined.
His immediate family whom he visited in Ahiazu Mbaise as soon as he came back from Europe have also been quarantined. ”
By Femi Ajasa