The Governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The governor’s status was confirmed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, in a media statement released on Tuesday.
The governor earlier said he met and shook hands with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, the son of former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
After Atiku Abubakar announced that his son had tested positive, Governor Bala Mohammed went into self-isolation and awaited the result of his test which now confirms that he also got infected with the virus.
The statement reads:
“This is to inform the general public that the result of the six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is out.
“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed to be positive of COVID-19. The positive result happened to be that of His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State.
“At this point, it should be noted that the Governor is in self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the NCDC have taken full charge of his quarantine.”