Covid-19: Lafia residents demand Nasarawa lockdown over death of lawmaker



Lafia residents have called on the Nasarawa state government to lockdown entire Nasarawa local government as part of the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

They made the call following the death of the Nasarawa assembly member Suleiman Adamu, who died as a result of COVID-19 on Thursday.

They said lockdown would not only curtail the spread of the rampaging virus, but help to identify those who participated in his burial rites.

The lawmaker, who represented Nasarawa Central constituency, died on Thursday April 30 after a brief illness at the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC) Keffi and was buried immediately according to Islamic rites.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) collected his samples and returned his test on Sunday, positive of COVID-19.

Two weeks ago, the deceased had interacted with virtually all members of the assembly at different fora in the state.

Reacting, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, described the death of Suleiman Adamu as shocking and devastating.

“It is painful, heart -breaking but God gives life and takes at will”

The speaker said the departed gentleman was a peace -loving member and a strong advocate for the development of his constituency.

He commiserated with his family, the emir of Nasarawa, and the entire people of Nasarawa Central.

The speaker said all the members have agreed to go on self isolation in order to know their health status.

A cross section of people in Lafia, like of Mr Christ Nyamtu, a journalist said the steps taken by Governor Abdullahi Sule to shutdown the assembly complex was a right one.

They advised that every lawmaker should go into quarantine while they await results of their status as directed by Governor Sule including those who performed his burial rites without adherence to safety measures should be isolated and tested.

Also, they advised the governor to lockdown the entire Nasarawa local government as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus in the state as well as to ease in identifying those who participated in his burial rites.

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