The Emir of Kaura-Namoda in Zamfara State, Mohammed Ahmad-Asha, has died of suspected coronavirus-related complications in the early hours of Sunday.
The Publicity Secretary for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in the state, Mustafa Kaura, told the Punch that the deceased emir had been in isolation at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau three days ago.
Mr Kaura disclosed that his blood sample had been sent to Abuja for the COVID-19 test, explaining, however, that “the result is still being awaited”.
He said the remains of the late Emir were still in the hospital waiting for burial by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Aged 71, the late Emir was appointed in 2004 by the first civilian Governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Yariman Bakura.