Kogi State has declared that it is yet to record any Coronavirus infections.
It said contrary to the two positive cases confirmed in the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, the state remained COVID-19 free.
The centre on Wednesday said: “On the 27th of May 2020, 389 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
“One new state (Kogi) has reported a case in the last 24 hours.”
It went on to say that two positive cases were recorded in the state.
However, Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu in a statement on Thursday rejected the result.
He maintained that “Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free”.
The statement read: “Kogi State till this very moment is COVID-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have returned negative.
“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any COVID-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us. Any attempt to force us to announce a case of Covid-19 will be vehemently rejected.
“We continue to enjoin our people to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic into the State and give no listening ears to rumour peddlers and mischief makers.
“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their Health concerns. God bless Kogi State. God bless Nigeria!”