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Kano Records 23 High-Profile Deaths in 24 Hours

Kano State has witnessed at least 23 high-profile deaths in the  past 24 hours (Saturday), due to reasons yet to be ascertained.

Business Day reports that the State Government has instituted an investigation to determine the causes of these and other recent deaths. The Ministry of Health is conducting the investigation.

One of the high-profile deaths includes that of Ibrahim Ayagi, Kano-based professor of economics, a former head of Nigerian Economic Intelligence Bureau, and until his death was the chief executive officer of Hassan Gwarzo Group of Schools. Ayagi was aged 80 years. Other notable deaths in the state are of the former Grand Kadi of Kano, Dahiru Khadi, Musa Umar Gwarzo, as well as Musa Tijjani, editor of the state-owned Triumph Newspaper.

It was gathered that not a few suspects that the eminent personalities, who just died, might have succumbed to the strange illness since there was no evidence of their being tested for Coronavirus since the COVID-19 Testing Centre in Kano have been shut down with no definite date for resumption of the test in the most populous state in Nigeria.

Other high-profile individuals who have died within the period include Adamu Isyaku Dal, former executive secretary, SUBEB; Salisu Lado, Nene Umma, Garba Sarki Fagge, and the mother of renounced businessman, Ado Gwanja.

The list of the dead also includes Aliyu Umar Dikko, a professor in the department of Physiology, Bayero University, Kano, and Nasiru Maikano Bichi, secretary, Students Affairs, North West University, Kano.

Although there are no indicators connecting the mounting deaths being recorded in the state to the ravaging COVID-19, the death rate in the state is becoming alarming.

Medical experts have cited several other reasons for the high wave of deaths being recorded in the state, which they believe has to do with the present unfavourable weather condition being experienced in the state.

Prior to suspending COVID-19 tests, the state had confirmed 73 patients cases with the novel coronavirus disease.

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