Benue COVID-19 index case, Susan Idoko Okpe, finally discharged from Isolation


Benue COVID-19 index case, Susan Idoko Okpe, has finally been discharged from what has been widely described as forceful detention rather than a COVID-19 isolation center, 58 days after. The British-Nigerian woman, Susan Idoko-Okpe who happens to be the Benue State Coronavirus index case was set free Wednesday evening. 

Her daughter who shared the news on social media, said her mother was released on Wednesday evening, May 20 and thanked nigerians for their support.

Benue COVID-19 Index Case

Idoko-Okpe, who arrived in Nigeria from the United Kingdom on March 22, 2020 had been in a running battle with the Federal government and the NCDC shortly after she was reported to have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus and moved into an Isolation center, first in Benue, and then in Abuja.

She protested her positive COVID-19 test result, which led to her being taken to the Benue State Isolation Centre in Makurdi on March 27 and subsequently to the National Hospital in Abuja.

All along, she had maintained that wasn’t ill.

Benue COVID-19 index case,
Susan Idoko Okpe

The 58-year-old woman had recorded several videos where she disclosed that she has been in isolation for weeks now without showing any symptoms of the disease and insisted that she does not have the virus.

In a video recorded on Tuesday (a day after which she was released), she insisted that she is not sick, adding that she has not been treated for any ailment since she was admitted for Coronavirus. She also called on Nigerians to intervene on her behalf and ask the NCDC what they wanted from her amongst other things.

Idoko-Okpe said she had been tested five times and her last test was on 14th of May 2020, since then nobody has spoken to her, or given her any test result. She called on Nigerians to come her aid.


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