COVID-19: Ekiti quarantines student rejected by father, suspends securityman

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Ekiti State Government has quarantined a student who sneaked into the state from Lagos State and was denied entry into his family house by his father, Me. Femi Adeoye.

An exchange between father and son which was recorded by a securityman went viral and attracted mixed reactions.

The state government also suspended the security officer for unlawful conduct, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, on Saturday.

It reads: “The attention of the Ekiti State Covid-19 Taskforce 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 NCDC protocol for preventing community spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti State.

“The Task force commends Mr Femi Adeoye, for refusing to cover-up his
son’s travel history and for denying him access into the house without
confirming his COVID-19 status.

Mr Adeoye epitomises 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 Values Orientation policy of the
Fayemi-led Administration.

“We also consider it necessary to inform members of the public that the
video was recorded about four days ago, by one of the security men attached
to the Fajuyi Pavilion, where the Enforcement Taskforce uses as its base for
coordination of daily operations.

“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 Taskforce to combat the COVID-19 virus. The officer in question been suspended pending further investigations, for acting outside the jurisdiction of his scope of authority.

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“Following the encounter, the young man has been in the custody of the State for the past 4 days, and has since been taken to one of the designated
quarantine centres, where he would be for 14 days, in line with laid down
procedure that dictates that anyone who sneaks into the State, would be
quarantined for fourteen (14) days, at their own cost. His samples will also be
taken for testing in order to ensure he has not been infected in the course of
his travels to high incidence areas of the country.

“We implore members of the public to emulate the patriotic zeal of Mr
Adeoye, and promptly report to the Ekiti State Covid-19 Taskforce, 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.”