The Chairman, Hadejia Local Government Council in Jigawa, Alhaji Abdullahi Maikanti, has said that only three deaths were recorded in the region in 10 days
This is coming against the backdrop of media reports alleging that 100 persons recently died of a mysterious illness in the area.
However, Maikanti, in a swift response stated that the reports were “baseless and unfounded”.
In his words: “I am aware of only three deaths within the period; one of the deceased was my friend.
“The three deaths in our records took natural patterns like what we have witnessed over the years. I don’t think there is anything different.”
The chairman, however, said that he had summoned a meeting with councillors to take a second inventory of deaths recorded recently.
“Details of the meeting will be made public thereafter. We won’t hide anything,” he said.
Efforts to reach Dr Abba Zakari, the Commissioner for Health, who is also the Chairman, Jigawa COVID 19 Task Force, for his reaction to the issue, proved abortive as messages sent to him kept bouncing back.