Approximately 20 generals, one week after the death of the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Maj. Gen. John Irefin, reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 from complications arising from the disease.
During the 2020 annual conference of the Chief of Army Staff in Abuja, which was cancelled after the death of Irefin, the contaminated generals were reportedly in contact with the deceased.
The conference was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, pictured above; Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence; and GOCs from almost all divisions of the army nationwide. They were all directed to go thereafter in isolation, resulting in the COAS not being able to attend his son’s marriage in Abuja on Friday, December 11.
Journalists in Abuja stated that at the COVID-19 isolation centre, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, some of the infected GOCs and primary officers were being treated.
Some of the patients in the Federal Capital Territory were also being quarantined at other isolation centres.
The publication was informed by a source who verified the development that has reportedly caused panic among top military brass who are yet to take the COVID-19 test;
“The report is true; I know of four generals who have come back positive and are being treated for the illness.”