Family sneaks Kogi Governor into private hospital in Abuja, may undergo surgery today

Idris Wada
Idris Wada

The family of injured Governor Idris Wada of Kogi on Friday sneaked him into a private hospital in Abuja after initially decoying that they were taking him to the National Hospital in Abuja.

Mr. Idris was rushed into the Cedar Crest Hospital in the Garki District of the nation’s capital, where doctors conducted series of tests on him.

No surgery was done on him on Friday, a source close to the family told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday morning.

The source, who preferred not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the governor’s condition, said a decision would be taken today on whether to fly the governor abroad or allow the private hospital to continue with the treatment.

“We brought him here because we are told the hospital has the best orthopaedic surgeons around,” the source said. “We want to see what they can do. If we are impressed with their service, there might be no need to fly him abroad.”

He however added that the family was making contacts with hospitals abroad in case there is need to fly the governor overseas for treatment.

But speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday morning, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Jacob Edi, said the Kogi governor was stable and that there was no cause for alarm.

“He is very stable and his mind is very sound,” Mr. Edi said. “I shook hands with him and he is in high spirits. Even before he left Lokoja yesterday, he waved and smiled at thousands of sympathizers. He was not downcast at all.”

On Friday, along the Lokoja-Ajaokuta highway, Mr. Idris’ convoy got  involved in a fatal auto crash  that killed his security aide, Idris Mohammed, on the spot and injured two other officials.

Doctors at the Lokoja Specialist Hospital, where Mr. Wada first received treatment, said his leg is “totally broken.”

The doctors said the Kogi governor was brought into the intensive care unit with a severely fractured femur, a senior government official said.

He added that the doctors said the governor is in good condition and did not sustain major head or spinal cord injuries.

“There is hope,” he said.