- Kano state has lost one of his monarchs, Emir of Rano, Dr Tafida Abubakar Ila II
- The emir died on Saturday at Nassarwa Specialist Hospital after a brief illness
- Though details of the illness are not disclosed, the monarch's death occurred amid rising mass deaths in Kano, some of which have been linked to the coronavirus pandemic
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The Emir of Rano, Dr Tafida Abubakar Ila II, is dead. The monarch died on Saturday, May 2, at Nassarwa Specialist Hospital at about 4.45pm after a brief illness.
His Rano emirate is one of four new emirates created in Kano in the wake of the balkanisation of the Kano emirate.
According to Daily Trust, the monarch was reported to have been hospitalised on Friday, May 1, though details of his ailment were not disclosed.
The newspaper reports that monarch's death was confirmed by Turakin Rano, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, who said the late emir was admitted at the hospital on Friday.
Rurum, who is a former speaker of the Kano state House of Assembly, said the emir would be buried on Saturday, May 2, according to Islamic rites.
Though details of the illness are not disclosed, the monarch's death occurred amid rising mass deaths in Kano, some of which have been linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
In another related development, the head of communications in the Kano state office of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Malam Rabiu Musa, is dead.
The deceased's son, Musa Rabiu, confirmed the death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.
Legit.ng gathers that the UNICEF official died on Saturday, May 2, at the age of 60, "after battling with sickness for a few days".
“Although, we noticed symptoms we suspect to be of coronavirus, the result of the test conducted is not yet out.
“A week ago, he complained of sore throat and malaria, but after a few days of medication, he became normal.
“Few days later, he complained that he was finding it difficult to breath.
“He also complained that no matter how short he walked, he loses breath. So, he was taken to the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dala, on Friday where he gave up,” the son told NAN.
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