A laboratory expert with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
Speaking at the national briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Thursday, Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, said the expert was shot while on official duty.
He noted that the incident underscored the danger faced by frontline health workers in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
While commiserating with the family of the victim, Mustapha urged all Nigerians to continue to pray for the safety of all frontline workers and their families.
“On a very sad note, we have received report of the untimely death of Mr. Uche Njoku, a laboratory expert with the NCDC, who was shot while on official trip by unknown gunmen,” the task force chairman.
“The PTF commiserate with his family and all frontline workers on this painful loss. We also wish the other workers in the vehicle that were injured a quick recovery.
“This incident underscores the danger that frontline workers face in the course of fighting this virus on our behalf.
“We urge all Nigerians to continue to pray for the safety of all frontline workers and their families.”