Coronavirus: Anxiety as 35 senators who returned from UK mingle with others

Coronavirus: Anxiety as 35 senators who returned from UK mingle with others

- The Senate has been plunged into anxiety over the Covid-19 status of 35 senators who just returned from the United Kingdom

- The senators were said to have travelled to the UK for a seminar but upon their return, they failed to self-isolate and instead mingled with their colleagues

- The revelation emerged hours after Abba Kyari, Buhari's chief of staff, accused some House of Representatives members of violating airport screening procedure

Following a revelation that some members of the National Assembly failed to comply with the routine check at the airports as part of preventive measures towards curbing Covid-19, the ninth Senate has been thrown into anxiety.

Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff had raised an alarm over the arrogance of some lawmakers to health officials at the national airports.

In his letter directed to the speaker of House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila dated Saturday, March 21, Kyari alleged that some lawmakers who returned from oversea failed to comply with directives and violated airport screening procedure.

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Senators worried over COVID-19 status of 35 colleagues
The senators were said to have travelled to the UK for a seminar but upon their return, they failed to self-isolate.
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As fear heightened over the status of the lawmakers, reports emerged that not less than 35 senators who returned from the United Kingdom, like their colleagues at the lower chamber, failed to adhere to the self-isolation guideline.

The senators, according to The Nation, attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London.

But upon returning back to Nigeria they showed up at the chambers and mingled with their colleagues instead of going on compulsory 14-day isolation to know their infection status. gathers that the senators are members of the Senate committees on upstream, downstream and gas comprising two female senators.

The affected senators were said to have returned back on March 14 and gone on normal legislative activities despite being told by the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, to self-isolate.

“In fact, the Senate president refused to either hug or shake hands with them to the consternation of the affected senators," a source revealed.

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“Now, we have a big challenge in the Senate. Some of us are pushing that these senators should rescue themselves from all the activities in the chamber.”

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi state, has reportedly gone on self-isolation after it was established that he had contact with the son of former vice president Atiku Abubakar.

Atiku's son, whose name was not mentioned, tested positive for coronavirus after returning to the country amid Covid-19 scare.

Disclosing the development in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday night, March 22, Atiku said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been duly informed about the situation. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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