Ebola: Police Raid Lagos Hotels, Nab 39 Foreigners

Ebola: Police Raid Lagos Hotels, Nab 39 Foreigners

By News Desk | The Trent on August 31, 2014
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A member of Doctors Without Borders puts on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. (Photo Credit: Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

Officers of the Nigerian Police, Area A Command, Lion Building, Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday, August 29, 2014 in company of operatives of the Nigerian Immigration Service raided a hotel and a guest house in Lagos Island.

The raid culminated in the apprehension 39 foreigners co-habiting over concerns of the Ebola Virus Disease.

Investigations reveal that the foreigners comprised of 35 from DR Congo and 4 Senegalese, co-habiting in Benin Hotel and an unnamed guest house on Atere street, Lagos Island.

Punch reports:

According to security operatives, the raid of the two hotels was motivated by reports from residents of the area who expressed concern that activities of the foreigners, swarming the area, could lead to the spread of Ebola.

It was gathered that the Commander of Area A Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Imohimi Edgal contacted officials of the NIS and some health workers after the tip-off from residents.

The police said it has placed all the hotels in the area under close surveillance and charged the residents to promptly report any suspicious persons or activities to the police.

A police source said the immigration officials would determine if the suspects are legally residing in the country while the health officials would determine their health status to know if they have the virus or not.

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