Lawan Nguru, a member of the Yobe State House of Assembly representing Nguru Central Constituency has confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The lawmaker in a statement on Wednesday in Damaturu the state capital noted that he has gone into isolation based on the advice of health experts.
Naija News understands Nguru is the only PDP opposition member of the state assembly.
The lawmaker in his statement, praised the efforts of the Yobe State Government, in containing the further spread of the virus.
He urged residents of the state to adhere to the guidelines and instructions of health experts in managing the virus.
“Presently, I am in the isolation centre and recuperating in a very stable condition waiting for further directives from health officers.
“In addition, I salute the gesture shown to us by Yobe State Government in up keeping the victims and in controlling the spread of the virus in the state,” Nguru said in his statement.
The development is coming amidst reports that over 165 persons have allegedly died and have been buried in different graveyards in Postiskum and Gashua towns in Postiskum Local Government of Yobe State.
An indigene of Postiskum town, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Postiskum town has recorded 111 deaths while Gashua has over 45 cases.
He noted that the proximity of these towns with Kano and Jigawa States where such mysterious deaths have been reported recently might be responsible for the development.
He expressed fears that the deaths may be COVID-19 related.
The source said, “I can tell you that about 165 persons have died within the space of six days in two towns of Postiskum and Gashua in Postiskum Local Government.
“There are deaths in other areas but specifically in Postiskum town where I reside, we have recorded 111 deaths within the period of six days and in Gashua, we have recorded over 50 deaths.
“There is Nguru town, which is one of the major towns in Yobe State and they said within six days, they have recorded over seven deaths.
“You know all these towns I mentioned, they share boundaries with Kano and Jigawa and you know they already have COVID-19 cases. So, I think the deaths may not be unconnected to the virus.”