Fears heighten in Kano as BAU prof dies

A professor of Mass Communication at Bayero University in Kano, Balarabe Maikaba, has died.

The professor died in a private hospital in Kano.

A statement by a lecturer at the BUK Mass Communication Department, Dr Ashir Inua, confirmed the death of the professor.

Inua said “Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun. Professor Balarabe Maikaba. We love you and Allah loves you more than we do. We lost you Professor. May Allah forgive your sins and accept you as His obedient servant.”

The official cause of the death was not made public but a member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Punch that the prof was a diabetic patient.

Maikaba was 54.

No fewer than 77 persons had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Kano State, which as of last month had not recorded any case. However, a health worker in the city, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested that coronavirus cases in the state were higher than what government claimed.

A record number of deaths had been recorded in Kano in few weeks. The official cause of the sporadic death has not yet been ascertained as NCDC and other relevant authorities are currently studying the cause.

But unofficial reports suggest malaria and meningitis as the cause of the deaths recorded in Kano.

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