Finally, after 58 days of being in Isolation, Susan Idoko Okpe, the Benue COVID-19 index case, has been released.
The news was confirmed by her daughter on social media. She said her mother was released on Wednesday evening, May 20.
“She’s been released”, one of her daughters announced happily on her page.
Recall that Okpe had been in a running battle with the Federal government and the NCDC shortly after she was reported to have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus and moved into an Isolation center, first in Benue, and then in Abuja. All along, she had maintained that she wasn’t ill.
Yesterday, her children called on the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), to release their mum who has been in Abuja Isolation center for 57 days now.
In separate posts via their Instagram pages, the children of Mrs. Okpe cried out, demanding the immediate release of their mother.
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Today is day 57. I’m really going to need the Nigerian Government to let my mother go. She did another test on Thursday. Nobody has brought her the result or said anything. She is just there. She isn’t being fed. I manage her daily feeding from here, London. Her health has deteriorated because of this forced, solitary isolation. She is a mother and grandmother. We want the @ncdcgov to release her results so that the Federal Government can release our mother right now. Follow due process by all means but release my mother. In 57 days she also hasn’t shown any signs or symptoms of having Covid 19 though labelled ‘asymptomatic’. Yes we are praying. Yes we have a lawyer, yes we’ve had multiple conversations with senior government officials, yes we’ve contacted the British consulate, yes we’ve contacted our MP but we are tired. We miss our mother. No child should ever have to go through this. Please help me share this video. Let my mother GO!
And in the evening of the same day, she was released.