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COVID-19: Bauchi Gov on Isolation as FIRS Personnel Tests Positive

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has gone on self-isolation for fears of contracting coronavirus after his contact with the son of Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who has been tested positive to COVID-19.

A statement by the Governor’s Senior Special Adviser on Media, Mukhtar Gidado confirmed that the Governor and Mohammed Atiku were on the same flight from Lagos to Abuja and they shook hands while on board.

“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed CON the Executive Governor of Bauchi State has gone into self-isolation.

“This development is sequel to the report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the son of the Former Vice President of Nigeria Mohammed Atiku Abubakar was tested positive to the Coronavirus upon his return from an International trip through Lagos.

“It would be recalled that Governor Bala Mohammed who also recently returned from an official Trip in Lagos, met with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar in the Aero Contractors aircraft where they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

“So far,  the Governor did not exhibit any symptom of the disease but based on the recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease control. he Will remain in Isolation in order to avoid the risk of spread of the disease.

“Currently. the blood sample of the Governor has been taken and is undergoing Clinical test. For the period of the clinical testing, the Governor and his entourage will remain in isolation pending the outcome of the clinical result.

“Consequently, therefore, the Governor has cancelled all his appointments with immediate effect and any inconveniences coursed are highly regretted.” The statement read.

Meanwhile, personnel of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Salihu Umar has disclosed that he has tested positive to Coronavirus.

Umar, in a tweet on Monday, said he had been on self-isolation while waiting for personnel of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for his evacuation to Gwagwalada isolation centre.

Umar disclosed that he was on the same flight with someone who has been tested positive to COVID19.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had earlier confirmed the First death from the Coronavirus epidemic in the country.

NCDC in a Tweet on Monday said the “case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the UK.”

“He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy Our thoughts are with his family.

The Centre has also confirmed 6 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria bringing the total number of patients with the disease in Nigeria to 36.