Contrary to announcement by a civil society organisation, Save Enugu Group, SEG, that it has traced missing Enugu Governor, Sullivan Chime, to a London hospital, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed that the governor is no longer at the hospital and his whereabouts remain unknown.
Maxi Okwu, the convener of the group, on Wednesday, said in a statement that special investigators commissioned by SEG found Mr Chime lying ill at the Wellington Humane Hospital Swiss Cottage, London.
Our investigation revealed that Mr. Chime was indeed admitted at the Wellington Hospital, Wellington Place, St Johns Wood. But when we contacted the hospital to confirm if Mr. Chime is still admitted at the facility, we were told that he has been discharged two months ago.
“He is no longer with us,” said a lady receptionist over the phone. “He was discharged in November; the last week of November.”
She, however, refused to disclose if Mr Chime was of sound health when he was discharged from the hospital.
According to information on its website, the Wellington Hospital claims to be the “largest independent hospital in the United Kingdom. It also boasts of luxury en suite facilities with internet connection and fax machine. The hospital prides itself as an “international reputation for outstanding care in areas of medicine including cardiac services, neurosurgery, liver and HPB medicine, rehabilitation, gynaecology, orthopaedics, urology and many more.”
Mr Chime was last seen in public four months ago. Officials of Enugu State government said he is on vacation and will soon return home.
However, some newspapers (not PREMIUM TIMES) had reported last December that the governor had died in an Indian hospital, after prolonged illness.
But the state Commissioner for Information, Chucks Ugwuoke, said in a statement then that reports of the governor’s death was unfounded and malicious.
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