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By: Ade Adeleke
Following the successful treatment for COVID-19, of a suspect in the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the Federal and Ondo state governments have intensified efforts to return the suspect to the Correctional Service facility in the State.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, made this disclosure at the weekly COVID-19 press briefing at the Government House Grounds, Akure.
The murder suspect who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 has been certified negative after two successive tests in line with treatment and testing protocols.
But according to Governor Akeredolu, he had already made necessary contacts with the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola to hasten the return of the defendant to the Correctional Centre since according to him, charges have been read in respect of the case.
“It is no longer expedient to keep the suspect outside an approved Correctional Centre. Where he is not the proper place.
“We are already discussing with the Minister of Interior on the need to move the suspect, we call them defendants anyway, to the Correctional Centre. That is where he rightly belongs.
“We believe strongly that the minister will in mo distance time, direct appropriate quarters within his jurisdiction to effect the transfer of the man to the appropriate place, he said.
The Governor expressed optimism that the trial of the suspects would continue unhindered even as he described the two escape attempts of the suspects as worrisome.
Akeredolu said all the herbal combinations and orthodox medicine mostly being promoted and displayed on the social media and elsewhere are not yet authenticated and approved for clinical use.
“I must not end this briefing without making clear our position on the national conversation on the treatment and medications for COVID-19. While there have been various suggestions and unauthorised recommendations of drugs and therapies for COVID-19, Government wishes to use this opportunity to advise the public against embarking on such harmful and indiscriminate acts.
“I therefore wish to advise our people in Ondo state not to jeopardise their own health through self-medication against Coronavirus. I call on everyone to promptly report all cases for proper medical review and appropriate treatment.
“While Government remains mindful of the challenges imposed upon all of us by this pandemic, I wish to emphasise that we will continue to take every lawful and necessary measures towards the welfare and protection of our people.
“We will do all to ensure freedom, confidence and prosperity for our people, including the right to seek the face of God almighty at all times and especially at these crucial times,” Akeredolu said.