Vice Chancellor of Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. Msugh Hembe, has tested positive for on Covid-19.
Hembe announced his latest health status through his verified Facebook account, saying that the results of his test came out and returned positive.
The vice chancellor made the announcement after authorities of the university decontaminated the entire campus on Tuesday.
There are palpable fears that other top management staff of the University may have contacted the virus through Hembe.
In the Facebook post, the varsity don also urged staff and his close associates to check themselves, isolate and be pragmatic.
Hembe’s current health status may have thrown parents, students, academics and government functionaries into panic over school reopening in Nigeria, which is currently debated by stakeholders.
The academic said, “On Monday, June 29, 2020, my test result for the Covid-19 returned positive. I had fever and body fatigue the previous week. I have been in isolation since I found out about my positive exposure to the virus.”
He continued: “I am of course managing the virus now. I must at this point express my appreciation to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and the State’s Task Force on COVID-19 for their timely support to ensure I get the required medical attention.
“The virus doesn’t move; we move it. Take responsibility,” the statement read.
Benue State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, had earlier tested positive for the killer disease, but overcame it after receiving treatment.
In May, tens of senior academics and prominent citizens in north-western region, particularly Kano, were reported to have died of Covid-19 in April and May.