41 guests, workers ‘held’ in Imo hotel over COVID-19 scare


No fewer than 41 guests and workers of a hotel in Owerri, the Imo State capital have been quarantined by the State Government following a suspected case of COVID-19.

The hotel, identified as Fancy Hotel, is situated at Road 7, Umuguma, Housing Estate, World Bank, Owerri. There were rumours that the hotel was locked down by security agencies for necessary investigation by medical emergency.

Already, the hotel has been barricaded by dozens of security operatives to prevent entry and exit. One of the guests locked inside the hotel told The Nation that they were locked up since 1:00 am without any explanation.

RELATED NEWS:COVID-19 : Kogi closes company, places Chinese workers on compulsory isolation

He said they were only told they would stay in the hotel for two weeks before they would be released.

The source said: “The security team arrived the hotel by 1am this morning. They directed that nobody goes in and nobody leaves the hotel.

“They told the occupants of the hotel that we will remain in the hotel for 14 days. Which I think is quarantine.

READ ALSO:COVID-19: FCT Minister goes into self-isolation

” As I’m talking to you, I can’t say for sure why we are being locked in”.

Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, said that the hotel was locked down to serve as deterrence to others who failed to obey the order that hand sanitisers be provided and temperatures of guests be monitored before check in.

Watch Leakblast TV channel from around the world

According to Emelumba, the hotel management failed to observe Governor Hope Uzodinma’s orders regarding guests, adding the guest samples has been sent for tests.

If you are happy to be contacted by a Leakblast journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts (CLICK HERE) ,at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

Thanks for Reading via the most updated news portal

About Leakblast.com

Share your story with us

Advertise With us

Encourage & Support LeakBlast

Feel free to contact us

Call Us:+234(0)9073726403
Get us on Whatsapp: +234(0)8181166425      
Email Us: editors@leakblast.com


Good  journalism costs a lot of money.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble Endeavor.

By contributing to LeakBlast, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Support LeakBlast


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here