Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has suspended a security guard for allegedly trivialising COVID-19 measures.
The security guard was said to have downplayed measures to contain the disease in a video that went viral on social media.
The video was on a retired civil servant who denied his son access to the house after the young man returned to Ekiti from Lagos — in violation of lockdown measures.
In a statement, Muyiwa Olumilua, the state commissioner for information, said the security man was attached to the Fajuyi Pavilion where matters of lockdown violators were being handled.
He said the statements of the security man who recorded the video do not reflect the capacity or preparedness of the state task force to combat the virus.
The commissioner said the official “has since been suspended pending further investigations for acting outside the jurisdiction of his scope of authority”.
He commended the man who denied his son entry into the house pending his isolation for 14 days.
“The attention of the Ekiti State COVID-19 task force has been drawn to a video clip in circulation where a man refused to allow his son, who just returned from a trip outside the state into his house until he had been isolated for 14 days as stipulated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control protocol to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti State,” the statement read.
“We implore members of the public to emulate the patriotic zeal of Mr Adeoye, and promptly report to the Ekiti State COVID-19 task force any out-of-state traveller who sneaks into their neighbourhood or places of abode. This is to safeguard against the likely health hazard that such returnees portend for the larger society.
“The actions or misstatements of the security man that recorded the video which has gone viral does not reflect the capacity or preparedness of the state task force to combat the COVID-19 virus. He has since been suspended pending further investigations for acting outside the jurisdiction of his scope of authority.
“The security man who recorded the encounter is neither a health worker nor qualified or authorised to determine the health status of the young man. So, none of his actions or misstatements reflects the capacity or preparedness of the state task force to combat the COVID-19 virus.
“Adeoye epitomizes the Ekiti ethos of selflessness, which places a greater premium on the collective good of the society above personal and emotional considerations. This is the core of the value orientation policy of the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration.”