The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Wednesday, had a face-off with Dubai returnees who staged a protest at a hotel in Lekki where they are being isolated.
According to the evacuees that spoke with The PUNCH, the commissioner, who was clad in a suit and red tie, arrived at the isolation centre in a black Sports Utility Vehicle around past 12pm.
The evacuees questioned the commissioner for telling the press on Tuesday that one of them died of COVID-19.
They said it was government neglect that led to the death of the evacuee.
Speaking with The PUNCH, one of the returnees said, “The Lagos Health Commissioner came to visit us and we challenged him for saying that one of us died yesterday. What happened was that one of us had surgery in Dubai and he returned in a wheelchair.
“Instead of taking him to a hospital because he was in critical condition, they decided to keep him in the isolation centre with us for two days and his condition got worse. He was then taken to a hospital where he eventually died. But the commissioner told the public that it was COVID-19 that killed him.
“When we challenged the commissioner, he said he was misquoted by the media. We brought out our phones and told him to say it while we record, but he refused.”