A mild drama ensued at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, Delta
State as a seven-man gang stormed the facility, beating security agents
and forcibly moved one Nwachukwu Michael Mordi, who tested positive to
COVID-19 on May 23, 2020.
The forced movement of Mordi, a 53-year Chief Nursing Officer and
employee of the Central Hospital, Agbor, was admitted into the Treatment
Centre at FMC, created some apprehension in Asaba and its environs.
Consequently, the state Ministry of Health expressed displeasure at
Mordi’s resistance, even after testing positive for coronavirus on May
23 and was admitted into the FMC Treatment Centre, Asaba on May 24,
It warned that the abductors constituted grave danger to their own
health and that of persons and the communities they would come in
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the FMC,
Ojebo Donald, management expressed concern that Mordi’s admission at FMC
Isolation Centre, had witnessed aggression.
He disclosed that he (Mordi) had continuously threatened caregivers and
also rejected medications, alerting members of the public about the
public health danger of associating with the patient and those who have
had contact with him.
A source at the hospital told The Guardian that the men who came in two
cars, who claimed to be Mordi’s relatives, stormed the facility about
6pm against the consent of personnel on duty and took him away.
Meanwhile, Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu said the
setting up of Operation Delta Hawk would not stop the state from
participating in the proposed Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River,
Edo and Delta (BRACED) Commission security outfit for South-South
He noted that while the state security outfit would concentrate mainly
on internal security in Delta State, while the regional outfit would
tackle the region’s security issues, adding that the Governor Ifeanyi
Okowa-led administration was committed to ensuring security of lives and
property in the state.
Aniagwu added that the government would continue to assist security
agencies operating in the state to ensure a safer state, as there would
be effective intelligence sharing among all security agencies.
“On security, we have gone beyond the establishment of regional security
outfit to establish the Operation Delta Hawk because, there are
regional security threats and domestic security threats.
“We are committed to the setting up of the BRACED Commission’s regional
security outfit and we are also empowering and equipping the security
agencies, even when they are federal agencies because they are
protecting our people,” he added.