Cemetery decontaminated following viral video showing man dumping anti-coronavirus PPE after burial of Nigerian President’s chief of staff Abba Kyari

Following a viral video shared by TODAY NEWS AFRICA, the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration released a statement, saying the Gudu cemetery has been decontaminated and proper action taken.

a Nigerian man was caught on camera on Saturday dumping his protective gear by the roadside after burying Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari who died from coronavirus in the commercial city of Lagos on Friday.

In addition, some health experts noted that he may have been wearing the wrong PPE (personal protective equipment) in the first place, and was at risk of being infected with the virus himself.

The video went viral, especially after TODAY NEWS AFRICA shared it.

The statement read.

The Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCT Administration has noted with concern the video trending on social media, showing a man pulling off his Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) unprofessionally after participating in the burial of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Abba Kyari, at the Gudu cemetery, Abuja.

The Public Health Department has since taken necessary action.

The said PPE left over by the individual has been professionally evacuated and the entire cemetery has been decontaminated.

Gudu cemetery decontaminated  
Gudu cemetery decontaminated

In addition, all the individuals including the man in question that participated in the burial and were not properly kitted have been identified and are being isolated.

Necessary tests will conducted on all of them to determine their level of exposure and ensure that they do not infect other people.

The Administration has also taken steps to ensure that all future burials of victims of COVID 19 are conducted in line with protocols established by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Residents are therefore urged to remain calm and rest assured that the FCT Administration will continue to do all that is necessary to curtail and eventually end the spread of the Coronavirus in the FCT.


Dr Mohammed Kawu ,

Ag Secretary Health and Human Services Secretariat

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