Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has said about 150 people have died in Azare, Katagum local government area of the state, in the last 30 days.
One former house of representatives member, Ibrahim Baba, had made allegation that there was a heavy outbreak of COVID-19 in Azare.
Baba, in his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, said more 100 people died in Azare within the period of a week.
Meanwhile, during a press briefing on Sunday, Mohammed debunked the former lawmaker’s claim, saying 100 people died within a month and it’s not related to COVID-19.
He, however, acredit the deaths to ailments such as hypertension, but not coronavirus.
“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.”
The governor has ordered a total lockdown on Katagum, Giade and Zaki local government areas of the state, as part of the measures to contain the community transmission of COVID-19 infections.
He said the deputy governor had been instructed to relocate to Katagum axis in order to make sure there’s effective coordination of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The declared lockdown in the three LGAs will start from May 12 and go on for 10 days.