Finally, Benue COVID-19 index case, Idoko-Okpe, released after 54-day quarantine

Susan Idoko-Okpe
Susan Idoko-Okpe

A controversial Nigeria’s COVID-19 index case in its North-Central, Benue State, has finally been discharged after a long fight for her release.

The Daily Leaks reliable gathered that she was discharged Wednesday evening.

The 58-year-old Mrs Susan Idoko-Okpe, a Nigerian-British born, had been put into isolation five days after she arrived Nigeria, from the United Kingdom, March 22, 2020 for the funeral of her mother.

Thereafter in government’s custody, she challenged the result of her COVID-19 test which declared her positive for coronavirus.

It was after Idoko-Okpe argued against her positive COVID-19 test result, saying it wasn’t hers, she was taken to the Benue State Isolation Centre in Makurdi on March 27, and was later transferred to the National Hospital in Abuja.

Her long stay in the isolation centre after her protest that she wasn’t a positive COVID-19 had generated a lot of controversy as human right organisation and leaders of thought have challenged government’s quarantine her beyond the normal 14-day period.

However, reprieve came her way spending over seven weeks in isolation centre.

Though it was gathered she hasn’t still been officially confirmed negative for COVID-19, but Idoko-Okpe had expressed joy for her release.