COVID-19: 22 Yobe Government Officials In Self Isolation After Dubai Trip

COVID-19: 22 Yobe Government Officials In Self Isolation After Dubai Trip

AREWA AGENDA – Twenty-two officials of Yobe State Government that returned from Dubai last week have placed themselves on mandatory fourteen days’ self-isolation, The Nation reports.

There is apprehension in Damaturu, the state capital that some of the officials that travelled to Dubai have returned and are mingling with people in town.

But some of the returnees who spoke with correspondent on phone confirmed that they are on self-isolation from their families and visitors until the fourteen days isolation period elapses.

It was also reliably gathered that none of them tested positive of COVID-19 on their return from Dubai last week Friday.
Though not all of them were reached on phone, those who spoke with our correspondent confirmed being isolated until after fourteen days.

The Acting Head of the Civil Service in the State, Mohammed Nura, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic Education and Secondary Education, Yakubu Doskshi, the Special Adviser Political to Governor Mai Mala, Aji Yerima Bularafa all disclosed that they have gone into self-Isolation even though none of them was tested positive of the virus on their return.

Though, some of them were very emphatic that they are on self- isolation from their families and friends waiting for the fourteen days to expire.

The Nation also gathered that while some of them are self-Isolated in Abuja, other are in Kano and Maiduguri.


One of the returnees said they had to undergo the isolation so as to disabuse the mind of the people in the state as well as subject themselves to the international standard protocol against spreading the virus, adding that, we both have families and we value our dear state.


“We were subjected to all the screening procedures both at Dubai and at Nnandi Azikwe International Airport Abuja. The good thing is that none of us was positive of the virus as t the time we were all tested.

“Naturally, the global protocol practice requires our self-isolation and we have to undergo that before we re-unite with our families and friends. This is exactly what we are doing. We have to do that to disabuse the mind of the people of the state. The truth is that none of us will like to put our families or any citizen of the state in danger,” he said.

Another returnee said; “I am doing very fine. I am back to Damaturu but I am on self-isolation. My isolation period will be over next week”.

The Nation reports that Yobe has not recorded any case of COVID 19. Though as suspected case of a 57 year old man from California USA who visited the state turned out to be negative after his specimen was taken to Abuja.

The State has just Wednesday constituted a COVID 19 Taskforce Team headed by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana.