Governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, has disclosed that about 150 people died in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of the state, in the last one month.

 

Ibrahim Baba, a former house of representatives member, had alleged that there was a massive outbreak of coronavirus in Azare, the second largest town in the state.

Baba, in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, had said more 100 people died in Azare within one week.

However, at a press briefing on Sunday, Mohammed dismissed the ex-lawmaker’s claim, saying 150 people died within a month in the town, but it was not as a result of the disease.

He said illness such as hypertension was responsible for the deaths, and not the virus.

“We have reviewed the rumour about Azare that it has become a morgue. It’s not true. We have gotten the statistics of the deaths in the last 30 days. About 150 died in Azare, an average of about 8 deaths per day and most of them we have found the cause to arise from hypertension and other related diseases,” he said.

“It’s not true that people are falling and dying in Azare. Even if that is the situation, we are moving there as a government.”

He also declared a total lockdown on Katagum, Giade and Zaki Local Government Areas of the state, as part of efforts to limit the community transmission of COVID-19 infections.

Mohammed said his deputy has been directed to relocate to Katagum axis, in order to ensure effective coordination of the state’s response to the pandemic.