The Nigerian Army says at least 26 of its personnel have tested positive for COVID.
This was disclosed on Sunday night in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sagir Musa.
According to the statement, 417 personnel have been tested and 26 results were confirmed to be positive.
The Nigerian Army revealed that the test was conducted following the death of Major General GO Irefin, who was killed by the virus last Thursday.
His actual cause of death was reported as respiratory failure, secondary to COVID-19 infection.
The deceased attended the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference held last week.
Following the development, all participants have been mandated to self-isolate, irrespective of their results, while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recommended COVID-19 treatment drugs be issued immediately to those that tested positive
“On the confirmation that Gen. Irefin’s COVID-19 test was positive on 9 December 2020, the Chief of Army Staff directed the immediate suspension of the conference and all participants were directed to move into self isolation in line with FGN protocols on COVID 19 pandemic.
“Equally, comprehensive testing of all participants commenced immediately. Consequently, as of Sunday the 13th of December, 2020, a total of 417 personnel have so far been tested with 26 confirmed positive cases.
“Currently, all participants are in self isolation irrespective of their results, while Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recommended COVID-19 treatment drugs were immediately issued to those that tested positive.
“Accordingly, all officers and soldiers working at the Army Headquarters are being tested and COVID-19 protocols being strictly enforced across all units and formations of the NA.
“Meanwhile, the entire Army Headquarters complex was thoroughly fumigated on Saturday, 12 December, 2020,” read the statement.