Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has tested positive for COVID-19 after test results of most of his close aides returned positive in the last few weeks.

The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Terver Akase said noted the Governor is asymptomatic and has commenced COVID-19 treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.

“The latest result of his (governor Ortom) COVID-19 test has returned positive.

“This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.


“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel,” the statement reads in part.

The Governor, according to the statement, advised those who had come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for COVID-19 test.

“The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“Governor Ortom urges Benue people to continue to observe the protocol for the prevention of the virus such as the wearing of face masks, use of sanitizers, regular handwashing, and physical distancing.

“He admonished the people not to be scared of going for COVID-19 test as doing so would help curb the spread of the disease.”