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Governor Makinde’s Aide Defies Directives, Performs At High-density Gatherings

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An aide to the Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, continue to defy government directives as he performed in three high density gatherings in one week.

The special adviser to the governor on culture and tourism, Taye Akande Adebisi, populary known as Taye Currency, had his first show last week at the rally of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibadan.

POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that the rally came up a day after Mr Currency returned from the United Kingdom. Rather than being in isolation for 14 days, he ignored the guidelines released by the government and health experts.

He also risked spreading of the pandemic virus.

A day after the rally, Mr Makinde issued an apology for hosting such rally at a period when Federal Government frowned at parties, night-clubs and others.

Despite the apology from his principal, Mr Currency on Saturday performed at another ‘welcome dance party’ held at Royal Park hotel, Ajah, Lekki, Lagos State.

On Sunday, he also performed at another public event in Ikirun, Osun State, amidst increase in number of cases.

This newspaper understands that the parties had thousands of people in attendance.

The rule of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is that “travelers from countries with widespread community transmission must undergo secondary screening at the point of entry, self-isolate for 14 days after arrival and be followed up by NCDC and Port Health Services”.

Meanwhile, Mr Currency who returned from the UK on Tuesday March 17th, disobeyed regulations.

As at the time of filing this report, Nigeria has recorded its first death from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) reported death after confirming five new cases.

“The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the UK.

“He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy. Our thoughts are with his family.” the center disclosed.

So far, there are thirty-five confirmed cases of COVID19 in Nigeria, Lagos has 24, FCT – 6, Ogun – 2, Ekiti- 1, Oyo- 1, and Edo- 1.

The Nigerian government has shut down all international airports, banned public gatherings, and closed down schools.

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