Prominent Nigerians that tested positive for COVID-19

Since Nigeria recorded the index case of COVID-19 on February 27, the number of confirmed cases keeps increasing.

As at 09:30pm on April 7, there were 254 confirmed cases reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Number of deaths recorded so far is 7 while 44 people have recovered and were discharged.

Most of the people who tested positive for the coronavirus disease are those with recent international travel history or close associates of the former. Among these people are prominent personalities in Nigeria:

Some of these people have recovered overtime and have been confirmed negative for COVID-19.

In no particular order, below is a comprehensive list of prominent Nigerians, who, at one time or the other, tested positive for the coronavirus.

1. Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari
Abba Kyari

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 24, was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. It was believed he contracted the virus during his trip to Germany or Egpyt. He was later moved to Lagos on March 29 29th for proper management.

2. Nasir El-Rufai’

Nasir El-Rufai
Governor Nasir El-Rufai’

The Kaduna Governor disclosed via his verified twitter handle that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. He has been receiving treatment ever since.

3. Bala Mohammed

Bala Mohammed
Governor Bala Mohammed

The Bauchi Governor announced he was positive on March 24. It was said that the Governor had returned to Bauchi from an official trip to Lagos after he met with son of Ex-Vice president Atiku, who also tested positive on the plane. Both men reportedly shook hands and exchanged pleasantries on a plane where the Governor probabaly contracted it.

4. Seyi Makinde (Recovered)

Governor Seyi Makinde
Governor Seyi Makinde

The Oyo Governor announced his status on March 30. He however added he was not symptomatic. He has been reported to have since tested negative after a second test though he remains in self-isolation.

5. Adamu Atiku Abubakar

Adamu Atiku Abubakar
Adamu Atiku Abubakar

Adamu is one of the sons of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. His father announced his positive status on March 22. He has since been in Abuja where he said he has been recovering well.

6. Chioma Rowland

Chioma Rowland
Chioma Rowland

Chioma, the fiancée of famous hip-hop star musician, David Adeleke (popularly called Davido), also tested positive for the coronavirus disease. Davido reported from his verified Instagram handle that his girlfriend tested positive after he and the 31 people on his team decided to get tested following a trip to the US.

7. Professor Jesse Otegbayo (Recovered)

Professor Jesse Otegbayo
Professor Jesse Otegbayo

Prof. Jesse Otegbayo is the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. He confirmed that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease in an online statement aired to the general public on March 29. He has since recovered from the virus and was proclaimed negative after a little over one week.

8. Muhammed Babandede

Muhammed Babandede
Muhammed Babandede

Muhammed Babandede is the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service. According to him, he had been self-isolating since the return from a trip to the United Kingdom on March 22 during which he probably contracted the virus.

9. Prof. Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa

The Provost of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Prof Ezekiel, has also tested positive for COVID-19 . Reports have it that he is not showing symptoms and the case is being managed.

10. Prof. Obafunke Denloye

Prof. Obafunke is the Deputy Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He’s also part of the top officials of the hospital who tested positive for coronavirus disease

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