- The Sokoto state government has announced the death of Surajo Marafa-Gatawa the commissioner for land and housing
- The Sokoto government stated that Surajo Gatawa died on Sunday, May 10, after a brief illness
- The government said the deceased survived by three wives and many children
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Surajo Marafa-Gatawa, the Sokoto state commissioner for land and housing is dead.
The Sokoto state government announced that Surajo Gatawa died on Sunday, May 10, after a brief illness, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The spokesperson to the Sokoto state governor, Muhammad Bello, disclosed in a statement that the deceased survived by three wives and many children.
Bello said the late commissioner had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
The deceased was reported to be among the 26 commissioners Governor Aminu Tambuwal appointed in November 2018.
He first served as commissioner of science and technology but was redeployed to the ministry of lands and housing.
In another news, a former Nigerian minister of health, Dr Haliru Alhassan has been declared dead, Daily Trust reports.
According to the report, Alhassan died on Sunday, May 10 around 12 noon after a brief illness.
Alhassan was said to be diabetic before his death. He is survived by one wife and four children.
Before his demise, Dr Alhassan was the chairman, Governing Board of Health Services Management Board, Sokoto state. He is also a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports of hundreds of deaths in Azare in Katagum local government area of Bauchi state, as a result of coronavirus related illnesses, Daily Sun reports.
A former member of the House of Representatives representing Katagum Federal Constituency, Ibrahim Baba, in an open letter to President Muhammad Buhari, claimed that a strange disease has claimed over a hundred lives in the area.
The former federal lawmaker claimed that the mass deaths occurred within the last week due to coronavirus related complications. Baba wrote that the situation has thrown the entire area into great mourning, panic and confusion, expressing great worry that the proximity of Azare to Bauchi, Kano and some major cities of Jigawa state, make the town’s large population susceptible to the virus due to the already existing large cases of the disease in those states.
He called on the president to direct the National Disease Control (NCDC) and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to urgently assist the people.
Still on health matters, a senator, from Jigawa, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, has said the mysterious deaths that have happened in a part of Jigawa state have nothing to do with COVID-19, but fasting and malaria, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a senator, has said.
Hadejia, who represents Jigawa north at the National Assembly, added that, apart from the two issues, the people of the state have recorded casualties from heat.
The lawmaker said this while reacting to the reports of the deaths recorded in the state recently with the belief that the incidents could be associated with COVID-19.
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