Death has been announced of a prominent sociocultural personality in the North-Western geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The Emir of Kaura Namoda has today died while in COVID-19 isolation in Gussau, the capital city of the state.
The Emir, late Mohammed Asha, was along with his wife tested and isolated after showing symptoms of the novel COVID-19 infection. According to the Commissioner for Health of Zamfara State, the Emir became ill during juma’a on Friday and was subsequently admitted at a specialist hospital in Gussau, the state capital city.
Due to the symptoms he was manifesting, Alhaji Asha was along with his wife, tested for COVID-19 and the final results for the tests were still to come at the time he gave up the ghost towards midnight on Saturday.
His remains has been laid to rest in compliance with NCDC’s recommendations.
It is not certain what exactly is the cause of his death, as the COVID-19 test samples was still being awaited. Hence, Yahaya Kanoma, the honourable Commissioner for Health, advised against conclusions that it is indeed COVID-19, until the results are verified.
The persons whom he came into contact with, including his family, palace attendants and officials, friends and associates, have all been duly quarantined. In the same vein, the hospital and palace have been decontaminated in line with the directive of NCDC.
Kaura Namoda is a renowned city of groundnut and cotton trade and stores, and is a vantage point for exporters of these crops via the railway connecting through Zaria.