April 26, 2020
Professors and a newspaper editor were among 12 persons who on Saturday succumbed to unknown ailments ravaging Kano State.
More than 20 persons have died from undisclosed ailments since the state went into coronavirus-induced lockdown eight days ago.
The latest victims were buried at different cemeteries within and outside the metropolis.
Some of the prominent persons that died in Kano on Saturday are Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, Dr Musa Gwarzo, Dahiru Rabiu (former Grand Khadi), Musa Tijjani (Editor of Triumph Newspaper) and former Executive Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Adamu Dal.
Others are Salisu Lado, Shamsiyya Mustapha, Nene Umma, Garba Sarki Fagge, Dr Nasiru Bichi, Secretary Student Affairs, North West University, Prof Aliyu Dikko of Physiology Department, Bayero University Kano, and Ado Gwanja’s mother, among others.
As of Saturday night, Kano has 77 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, the strange deaths have raised fresh concerns among locals.
“The state government has concentrated on the fight against coronavirus while people are dying of other ailments in silence. Some even suspected that the people are dying of coronavirus without being detected,” a dweller, Tijjani Abdullahi, told PUNCH.
Mr Abdullahi said most of the recent deaths have been attributed to high blood pressure, malaria, ulcer and even hunger
Amid the strange deaths, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Wednesday said there was no evidence that people were dying in mass in the state.
“There is nothing to show that there is unusual frequency of deaths in Kano State,” he said.