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COVID-19: Kano Speaker ‘Go Hidden’ After Been Declared ‘Wanted’





Speaker Kano state house of Assembly, Honourable Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari has gone into hiding less than 24 hours after he was declared wanted by the Federal government.

The speaker was said to have bridged COVID-19 new protocols and standard rules slated for any traveller coming into the country from abroad.

Mr Hamisu, according to an available report, was one of the travellers declared ‘wanted’ by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, failing to submit themselves to protocols.

The speaker had reportedly returned to Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Saudi Arabia via Ethiopian airline on May 17, 2021.

He was said to have presented a coronavirus test result which was later discovered to be fake certificate.

” On his arrival at the airport, he was conveyed alongside others to the National Women Development Centre along with others where they were expected to be camped and observed for seven days in isolation after which they will be certified and declared free.

“But the speaker requested to be isolated at Nicon Luxury hotel Abuja; perhaps he was not satisfied with the condition of the centre. He was granted the request. Incidentally the speaker betrayed the trust and eventually escaped from the hotel to an unknown destination.

Mr Chidari, with passport number B50022050, was listed as number 66 on the list of 132 violators which was released and published by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.

The speaker was among dignitaries and top government functionaries that attended the six anniversary of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration held at Coronation hall, Government house on Saturday.

Although it was not certain whether or not the speaker had reported himself to the appropriate authority, efforts to reach him for clarification were not successful.

Several calls and text messages sent to the speaker’s telephone number were not returned as at the time of filing the report.

Similarly, the spokesperson of the state assembly, Abdullahi Uba did not pick his calls.

Also, a visit to the state assembly to further confirm the veracity of the development did not yield any positive result as the speaker’s office and entire chamber remain under lock and key.

The security officers told our correspondent that the legislative house had since remained closed since the legislative workers went on indefinite strike.

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