A Naval officer identified as SM Ahmadu reportedly fled from a Coronavirus isolation center in Oghara, Delta state owing to absence of weed popularly called “IGBO” for his personal consumption .
The naval officer who was brought to the isolation center on May 1, 2020, escaped from the faciIity on Saturday, May 9 after threatening doctors and nurses with a jackknife.
It was gathered that the naval officer allegedly fled from the isolation center after not being allowed to smoke marijuana. An eyewitness said;
“He came to the isolation centre with a knife, it was this knife he used to chase the security manning the gates before escaping.”
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s spokesperson, Ehiedu Anagwu said the naval officer has been reported to the military authorities. Naval personnel within Delta have also been told to be on the look out for Ahmadu.
“When they brought him into isolation, he started making requests for weed which of course they wouldn’t give him at the isolation centre.
“Usually, once in a while they allow the patients to step outside just to get sunlight and come back in. But this time around when they came out, he had a knife on him, you know being a military man, and he brandished it, chasing off the security manning the gates. That was how he left.”
The situation report sent out by naval authorities reads;
“At about 1500, SM Ahmadu U X13125 serving onboard BMU Warri absconded from COVID 19 Isolation Centre Oghara. His phone number is 09026268804,” the report read.
“It is suspected that the rating could find his way to any Naval or Military Base within DELTA AOR. Therefore, all personnel are advised to be mindful and report his whereabout to the OOD/MOIC for proper containment/evacuation protocol.”