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Ambassador not among those that had contact with Liberian Ebola victim in Lagos

30/07/2014 10:11

The Lagos State government in a statement released on Juy 29, has said that it erred in its earlier report that Mrs. Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie, Nigeria's Ambassador to Liberia, had contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who died in Lagos of the Ebola disease.

Sawyer died in Lagos last week Friday after flying into the country from Monrovia.
The state government said it had since discovered that, the victim did not have contact with the ambassador, but with the representative of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS President that traveled with him to Nigeria.
Mr. Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser to the Governor Babatude Fashola on Media, apologised to Mrs. Obi-Nnadozie for the inconveniences the error may have caused her as an individual and as a high official of government.
The statement read in part: “We wish to correct the error that Nigeria’s Ambassador to Liberia, Mrs. Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie, was one of the persons that had contacts with the late Liberian with Ebola virus, who died in Lagos last Friday after flying into the country from Monrovia. We have since learnt that the official who travelled to Nigeria with the victim and who was mistaken for the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia was actually a representative of the ECOWAS President.
“We hereby tender our unreserved apologies to Her Excellency for the inconveniences this may have caused her both as an individual and a very high official and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We, however wish to state here that the error was made by the official of the Federal Government who was at the briefing on Monday and provided the information at the Lagos Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.”

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