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Army cancels conference over COVID-19 resurgence

The Nigerian Army on Thursday announced the cancellation of the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 following the reported resurgence of COVID 19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa.

The Army spokesman explained that the remaining activities of the conference were immediately cancelled when an officer participating in the ongoing conference was tested positive to COVID-19

He noted that all other participants have been directed to proceed on self-isolation for 14 days as required in NCDC guidelines and regulations to prevent further spread of the virus.

Musa said, “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform members of the public that due to resurgence of COVID 19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in what appears to be a second wave of infection cycle and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday 8 December 2020, where an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to COVID 19, the remaining activities of the conference have therefore been immediately cancelled.

“All the participants have been mandated to immediately proceed on self isolation in line with the Federal Government’s protocol for COVID 19 and to prevent any further spread of the disease. All inconveniences hereby regretted please.”

It would be recalled that the conference, which started on Monday had President Muhammadu Buhari and some dignitaries as virtual participants while the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi and few others participated physically.