BREAKING: Another Nigerian Emir dies awaiting COVID-19 test result in Zamfara

Emir Mohammed Ahmad Asha

An Emir in Zamfara State, Mohammed Ahmad Asha, died Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the death of Emir of Rano in Kano State, Tafida Abubakar-Illa.

Both Zamfara and Kano State are in Nigeria’s northern region.

Aged 71, Asha, who was the Emir of Kaura-Namoda in the state, was said to have died in isolation after he suffered suspected coronavirus-related complications.

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The Publicity Secretary for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Zamfara State, Mustafa Jafaru Kaura, said, the late Emir was taken in for isolation at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau three days ago.

Though his death has not been confirmed to have been caused by coronavirus infection, but Mustafa said his blood sample had been sent to Abuja for the COVID-19 test, but “the result is still being awaited.”

He said the state was awaiting a burial arrangement for the late Emir by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Asah was appointed in 2004 by the first former civilian Governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Yariman Bakura.

Before he was enthroned, he was an accountant, Auditor, and Director Finance at Kaura Namoda, Gusau, Bukkuyum local government councils respectively, and a Village head of Nasarawar Mai-layi in the year 1975.

He became senior District Head (Chief) of Kaura Namoda in the year 2000, a position he held until his appointment as the second Emir of Kaura Namoda.