The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has closed the petition filed by Susan Okpe against Benue State Government, for lack of substance in her claims.

Mrs Okpe had written to the Commission alleging that her rights were violated by the Benue State Government when her test result of COVID-19 from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, retuned positive and the Governor made it public in line with provisions of the National Health Act 2014.

In the letter signed by the Director, Civil and Political Rights, A. A Yakubu, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, the Commission stated that Susan Okpe’s claims could not be established, leaving it with no other option than to close her petition.

The letter further appreciated Governor Samuel Ortom and his Deputy, Mr. Benson Abounu for wasting no time in responding to the petition filed against the State Government by the Benue COVID-19 index case.


“The Commission appreciates your prompt response to our request and wish to inform Your Excellency that the complainant’s claims could not be established.

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“Accordingly, the complaint has been closed in line with the Commission’s Standing Orders and Rules” the letter stated.

Recall that Susan Okpe had vehemently denied her COVID-19 status even when several tests carried on her returned positive. She heaped series of insults on Governor Ortom and his Deputy Engineer Abounu through various videos she recorded and posted online.

She thereafter took the matter to the National Human Rights Commission.

As Chairman of the Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19, the Deputy Governor Engineer Abounu did a detailed reply to the Commission in December last year.