Tension in Adamawa Emirate as title holder dies of suspected COVID-19 infection

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Adamawa State Emirate Council has been thrown into tension as a title holder in the emirate, Ma’ajin Adamawa, Rufai Ahmad Duwa died from suspected COVID-19 infection.

Sources from Federal Medical Center (FMC), Yola where Duwa died said before his death, he was under strict surveillance by hospital authorities having shown symptoms of the dreaded disease.

Corroborating the development, a family source told our reporter in confidence that since he was admitted at the hospital, people including family members have been prevented from coming close to him.

Family members of the Ma’aji barred from accessing his corpse

“Family members including children, brother’s, sisters and very close relatives have been barred by the hospital authorities from having access to him.

“He had difficulty in breathing and has been suffering from high fever making family members to suspect that he may have suffered from COVID-19 infection.

“We learnt that his samples have been taken to the NCDC for test,” the source said.

Our reporter who was at the FMC Yola where the last prayers were observed for the departed title holder, said hospital authorities ensured the burial followed strict NCDC guidelines.

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Our reporter noted that during the prayer, people were asked to stay far away from the ambulance carrying the corpse and the medical personnel who prepared the corpse were all decked in personal protective gears.

Duwa died in the early hours of Friday after he grappled with with an ailment many said has semblance with COVID-19 infection. He was interred at the Muslims cemetery in Damare, Yola South at about 5:00pm on Friday.

Photos: Burial of Ma’aji Adamawa in Yola

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the medical facility, Muhammad Dodo dismissed the insinuations saying that the man was brought to the hospital with cholesterol complications.

But he said to be on the safe side, authorities have seen sent his samples to the NCDC lab for tests adding that the result of the test is being awaited.

When our reporter sought to get insight from the emirate council through a text message to Abubakar Dahiru, a special assistant to Lamido Adamawa, the man said he was not in position to speak on the matter advising our reporter to consult the Secretary to the emirate council.

Both phone call and text message directed to the secretary of the emirate council, Haliu Kawu on the matter were not responded to as at the time of filing the report.


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