- Reports have emerged that the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, has been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Kastina state in critical condition
- The emir was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Tuesday night, May 5, unconscious after suffering from high blood pressure
- A source who does not want to be named said the monarch was hospitalised at the intensive care unit of FMC
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Reports have emerged that the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, has been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Kastina state in critical condition.
The Nation newspaper reports that the emir was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday night, May 5, unconscious after suffering from high blood pressure.
A source who does not want to be named told the newspaper that the monarch was hospitalised at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC).
“It’s true the Emir of Daura was rushed to FMC for high blood pressure, he was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital yesterday night, and some people even thought whether he had passed on," the source said.
The monarch illness comes two days after the Governor Aminu Bello Masari sealed the Daura palace to control the spread of coronavirus in the entire Daura LGA
The emir’s sickness has fueled speculation among residents that the monarch is suffering from a be suspected case of COVID-19, while others believe the monarch critical condition may be caused by shutting down of his palace.
Meanwhile, following the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Katsina state, Governor Aminu Masari has directed the lockdown of Malumfashi local government area of the state from 7 am on Thursday, May 7.
Daily Nigerian reports that the secretary to the state government, Mustapha Inuwa, made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday, May 5, in Katsina.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the lockdown followed receipt of some results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which confirmed that some persons tested positive to COVID-19 in the area.
Inuwa said that the order was also in line with the decision already taken by the state government and other stakeholders to shut down any local government area where COVID-19 cases were established.
He, therefore, warned people of the area to stay at home as security agents would be deployed to ensure total compliance in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
In another report, 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 he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
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.
His Rano emirate is one of four new emirates created in Kano in the wake of the balkanisation of the Kano emirate.
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