Nigeria’s northern state investigates alleged “mysterious” deaths

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Senior officials of Kano state in northern Nigeria said Monday investigation is already ongoing on media reports of recent “mysterious deaths” in the state.

According to local media reports, scores of unexplained deaths have been recorded in Kano over the past week, driving local residents into fears, with many attributing the surge of deaths to COVID-19.

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano state, said on his personal twitter that investigations are already ongoing, and autopsies are being carried out.

He said the state health officials have fought hard against the pandemic in the sporadic testing and quarantining of infected people across the state, urging local people to respect the lockdown, maintain social distancing and wash hands regularly.

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, as at 11:50 p.m. of Sunday, 1,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria, with Lagos, Abuja and Kano as the top three regions in number of confirmed cases.

State commissioner for information Muhammad Garba, who gave the clarifications in a statement reaching Xinhua in Kano on Monday, said the state government acknowledges recent deaths.

“We have begun investigation to unravel the causes of the deaths,” he added, without revealing the number of deaths.

Reports from the ministry have shown that most of the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute malaria, Garba said, noting that the state governor Ganduje is anxiously waiting for the final report so as to take necessary action.

“The mystery, or whatever it is, will soon be unraveled,” he said. Enditem

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