Passengers and other users of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos were on Wednesday thrown into panic as a suspected Ebola patient was flown into the country by Royal Air Maroc in the early hours of the day.
The Moroccan airline arrived Lagos from Casablanca at 6am.
The victim, one Theophilus Onnakhinon, a Nigerian, was said to have been flown into the country by the airline, while his younger brother, Chinedu Eroka, absconded from Sierra Leonean authorities.
It was not clear why Eroka absconded from the Sierra Leone.
A source close to the Port Health Services at the airport, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the passenger had already been treated for the Ebola Virus Disease and declared cured.
The source said the passenger was assisted into the country by a Nigerian consular official, Mrs. T. Mohammed.
According to reports, the consular officer accompanied Onnakhinon into the country in order to avoid stigmatisation by Nigerian health officials and others at the airport.
On arrival, he was immediately handed over to the Port Health officials, who immediately isolated and quarantined him.
As of the time of filing this report, Onnakhinon was still being observed by the Port Health officials.
A said, “It is true that there was an Ebola scare at the Lagos airport today, but the fact is that the victim had been cured of the disease in Sierra Leone before being assisted into Nigeria by our consular officer in that country.
“Immediately he landed, he was handed over to the port health authorities who immediately carried out checks on him and isolated him from other passengers.
“But the truth is that we just want to re-check what has already been done by the Sierra Leonean authorities. You know, we cannot take chances again in the country. I can assure you that the situation is under control.”
Wednesday’s incident came a week after the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free