A member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, representing Nasarawa Central state constituency, Adamu Suleiman, has died of COVID-19.

He is the first fatality of COVID-19 from the North Central state, since Nasarawa State reported its index case of the disease.

Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule,  who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Lafia, the state capital.

Governor Sile added that Suleiman died before the result of his test came back positive.

He explained that after the COVID-19 status of the lawmaker was discovered, members of his family and those living in the house had been placed on isolation, while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has collected their samples for for testing.

The governor said that the deceased lawmaker has since been buried according to Islamic rites without adherence to safety measures, as it wasn’t clear at the time of his death if he died of COVID-19.

He however gave the assurance that those who performed the burial rites of the lawmaker would also be isolated and tested for COVID-19.

The governor said that the state House of Assembly complex remains closed until it is decontaminated.

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