#COVID19: Zamfara Emir, Nasarawa lawmaker, former Kano lawmaker, other die

A Nasarawa state lawmaker, Suleiman Adamu, has died of complications from coronavirus.

The lawmaker representing Nasarawa central at the state house of assembly is the first patient to die of the disease in the state.

Speaking with journalists on Sunday at Lafia, the state capital, Nasarawa governor, Abdullahi Sule, confirmed the demise of the lawmaker.

He said Suleiman died before the result of his test came back positive.

The governor said the house of assembly complex would be closed and all lawmakers quarantined to curb a further spread of the virus.

Sule also said the state has returned about 788 almajiri children to their home states.

On Tuesday, the governor confirmed the state’s first COVID-19 case.

He said the patient is a 25-year-old lady who recently travelled from Kano state to Kokona local government area in Nasarawa.

Currently, Nasarawa has nine confirmed cases of the disease.

Also, Emir of Kaura-Namoda in Zamfara state, Mohammed Ahmad Asha, is dead.

According to The PUNCH, the emir died on Sunday in isolation.

Mohammed Ahmad Asha

He was said to have died of suspected COVID-19-related complications.

The newspaper reported that Mustafa Jafaru, publicity secretary for the control and prevention of COVID-19 in the state, said the late traditional ruler had been in isolation at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau.

Jafaru said his blood sample was sent to Abuja for COVID-19 test, but that “the result is still being awaited”.

He said the remains of the late emir were still in the hospital awaiting burial.

The deceased emir who is said to be 71 was appointed in 2004 by Sani Yariman Bakura, former governor of Zamfara.

Before he became emir, he was an accountant, auditor, and director finance at Kaura Namoda, Gusau, Bukkuyum local government councils.

The traditional title holder of Jarman Kano, Isa Hashim, has also died.

He was a retired professor of political science, administrator and author.

Isa Hashim

This is coming less than 24 hours after the death of emir of Rano in Kano, Tafida Abubakar Ila, one day after he was admitted to the hospital for an unknown ailment.

Since it recorded its index COVID-19 case in April, Kano has been hit by a wave of strange deaths.

The state recorded the highest number of cases on Thursday and Friday, bringing the total figure to 313 cases.

The late 86-year-old Jarman Kano was said to have died at his home after a brief illness on Sunday.

Hashim’s health was said to have deteriorated following the deaths of some of his childhood friends in quick succession.

Also on Sunday morning, Ubale Jakada Kiru, former member of the house of representatives, was reported dead.

The funeral prayer for the late Hashim is expected to take place at the emir’s palace later in the day.

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