Ebola: Nigeria bans corpses from Liberia, two other countries as Lagos wants borders closed

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

Following the scare caused by the return of a corpse suspected to have died of Ebola from Liberia, the Federal Government has placed a ban on the return of all corpses from three countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — worst hit by the pandemic.

Similarly, the Lagos State government has also appealed to the Federal Government to consider closing some of the country’s borders as a means of containing the spread of the disease.

The appeal by the Lagos State government, is coming after the Ghanaian authorities announced the ban of all flights from Nigeria and other West African countries as governments in West Africa scrambled to contain the spread of the disease that has killed almost a thousand people mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Announcing the ban during a press conference at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, in company of the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Jide Idris, the Project Director of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abdulsalami Nasidi, said the corpse was brought in from Liberia through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and taken to a private hospital in Anambra State by road.

He said while effort is still ongoing to identify all those who came in contact with the corpse, all those who accompanied the corpse from Lagos to Anambra and the workers at the mortuary that received the body have been quarantined.

“The dead body came into the country through Air Gambia. It was received in Lagos, precisely on July 21. From there, it was transported by road. It was received in a private mortuary,” he said.

“The federal government has issued a directive that we will henceforth not receive anybody or corpse from the West African coast especially from Liberia and others that were on red alert for Ebola virus.

“Mechanisms are in place to checkmate that. For instance, a plane was to come into the country with a corpse but the airport health officials rejected it. Our problem is the land border.

“But in order to have effective monitoring, we held a meeting today and how it will be done was stated. We shall be giving update very soon. These countries will be notified through the diplomatic channels that they should not allow any transportation of any dead corpse into Nigeria.”
The Anambra state government has however said initial testing suggested the corpse did not test positive to Ebola.

Also in a separate session with journalist, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, appealed to the federal Government to consider closing some of the country’s borders as the disease ravages the subregion.
“The virus is no longer a local, but an international problem. This is because
it is easily transmittable across the borders and boundaries,” he said.

“I think what the federal government need to do at this time is to consider the imperative of closing some of our borders. It is difficult to stop the epidemic. We must now choose the treaty obligations that we hold under the ECOWAS treaty to address the health issue.

“I think we should give it that attention. I think men and women who man our border posts –sea, air and land-especially the customs, now know that they are our first line of

“What happens going forward depends on how professionally our border officials act. It is prevention rather than calling the health professionals to quarantine people. That is really the strongest defence now against migration of the virus. We will continue to put out information about what the health risks are and the symptoms.”

Mr Fashola also justified the cremation of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American that died of Ebola virus in Lagos saying the disease could be contacted through the fluid from dead bodies.

“This is a health security and people must embrace contemporary hygiene standards. All the residents who had contacts with the dead Liberian have been tested and the result proved negative.

“But there is still risk because we had a dead body that was brought into the country from Liberia. This means there is still need for vigilance at our border posts. The officials at
these places should act professionally and report every incident they suspect,” he said.


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  • Truthometer

    Double wahala for dead body and the owner of dead body – Fela.

  • True Nigerian

    Question: Isn’t there a way of capturing enough Ebola viruses and spreading them among boko haram people and the other enemies of Nigeria who are using their pen and paper to do what boko haram is doing with guns and bombs?

  • Ebola

    How I wish this Ebola will take its rightful position in the Nigerian Senate. Walahi, their salary of $1.7m Dollars per year (N27m/Month) is sufficient criminality to attract the blessings of Ebola.

    Dear Ebola, locate the heartless without delay…and please avoid the rich who are hardworking and the poor who earn a minimum wage of N19,000 per month.

  • King Carlos

    Governor telling the presidency what to do.

  • Lanre

    Why is the Lagos State Government being left alone to take care of this pandemic? Or is it because it is only affecting an APC, Yoruba State? Like Boko Haram. It is not affecting PDP States? Who is in charge of our borders? Is this a State Government function? Meanwhile the clueless Jonathan will be in Osun State with his fellow co-traveller, Sambo when a tragedy of immense proportions is about to unfold. Goodluck to Nigerians. May the Good Lord protect the people and inhabitants of Yorubaland from hopeless, useless, thieving, clueless, roguish leadership.

    • ifebuche

      You talk like a very poor person. especially upstairs.

      • Lanre

        Ifebuche. Now you have my attention. Congratulations. I will give it you succinctly. Do you know who Albert Camus is? Go and pick up a book and read. I know your kind and type. The diseased, infected Nigerian who grew up with generator, “pure” water, no roads, no light. No form of verifiable education. Never had any example at home to train and teach you manners. Cheated at school; were members of cults in universities (that is if you went to one). Graduated and the only job available was to be a hangers-on to some politician. Obviously a member of a murderous cult, you are awarded contracts to protect pipelines. For you, Chibok kidnappings were part of a grand scheme to remove Jonathan from power. But it will not stop you from advising Jonathan to give =N=100m to the parents of the kidnapped children. Let me summarize my position for you.
        You are scum. Filth. If you know me, you will know I can never and will never have anything to do with mental retrogrades like you. The mental retrogrades that voted for an imbecile to govern over them. Anytime you ever dare respond to any of my posts again, pick up this comment from me as a response to you and your kind. Yes we know you want to destroy Yorubaland so we become beggars like you all are. People who will depend on Rice, Milk, Money before they know who to vote for. Begging in Abuja for contracts to survive. The task to free Yorubaland is a never-ending task. And we will be free. It is a matter of time.

  • Raphael

    Nigeria needs complete overhaul. The quality of those mis-elected into office is damn too low. What sort of no-brainer is this Raji Fashola – the governor f Lagos state? How can he suggest closing Nigeria’s borders over a virus epidemic in Liberia? You mean Nigerians have sunk to this level they can’t see the idiocy in closing, say the Ilela border with Niger Republique, over Ebola virus incident in Sierra Leone?

  • Citizenry

    The warning by Dangiwa Umar is really worth taken seriously. The media and other advocacy groups must expose the states concerned and raise citizens awareness to a level required to stop the unfortunate trend. State governments like those of Benue, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Ekiti must be put under watch and scrutiny.

  • Lanre

    Nigerian politicians in the main are thieves and rogues. The populace are hapless, on-lookers while their rape continues. Solution: An educated, literate, engaged citizenry who will stand up for their rights.

  • Segun Surulere

    Like Fayemi …, borrow to buy a N 50 m bed ….. Rubbish

  • Bilya Sani

    Please Dangiwa mind your own business. focus on your Kebbi State and live others alone.