The founder of DAAR Communications, Mr. Raymond Dokpesi, and seven of his family members have tested positive for coronavirus.
A subsidiary of his company, African Independent Television (AIT) reported the development in a short press statement.
“Following the test that was carried out on our chairman, Chief Raymond Dokpesi Jnr on Thursday, April 23, 2020, by the NCDC which eventually proved positive and his subsequent admission into the isolation centre on Friday, April 24, 2020, we wish to state that in conformity with the federal government protocol on the COVID-19 administration and management, his entire household and those that had contacts with him were subsequently subjected to the test and with so much emotional pains, we hereby announce that the under listed have equally been confirmed positive:
1) High Chief Aleogho Dokpesi (his father/ founder DAAR Communications PLC), 2) Our chairman’s wife, 3) his 3 children 4) some relatives.
“A total of 8. The board, management and the entire staff wish them their prayers and the grace of the good Lord for speedy recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic.”
The infected members were said to have been evacuated to the isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
“I am quite OK, I feel very well,” AIT quoted Dokpesi saying Friday shortly before the evacuation obviously pointing to his current asymptomatic status.
Tests were reportedly extended to senior staffers who had been in close contact with the company’s index case.
AIT also said the FCT authority had fumigated the company’s premises.