Aisha Buhari begs IGP to release personal aide detained on COVID-19 violation

The first lady of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has pleaded for the release of her personal assistant by the Nigeria Police after his arrest for COVID-19 protocol violation.

In a statement she issued via her official Twitter handle, she said:

“Those who travel during the COVID-19 interstate restrictions are meant to undergo 14-day mandatory isolation period as prescribed by the quarantine act, saying no one is above the law.”

“That Covid-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently, I call on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr. President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials,” she said.

“Anyone who does that should at the very least be made to under go a 14 days mandatory isolation no matter who the person is, no one should be above the law and the Police command will do well to remember that.

“Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”

The Cable  reported that a personal staff to the first lady who arrived from Lagos to Abuja was arrested after he refused to go on compulsory 14 days self-isolation.

The presidency has not issued any statement on the matter.