By Kolade Adeyemi, Kano
Rufai Abdulmalik, retired director / senior manager of the now defunct Banco do Norte on Thursday morning, died of suspected complications of COVID-19 in Kano.
A family source told the late The Nation, a cousin of Ohinoyi from the Ebira community in Kano, Aliyu Abdulmalik, who died in a federal hospital in the city.
The source, who opted for anonymity, explained that the late banker was in self-isolation when returning from a condolence visit to the family of Dr. Aliyu, who died of COVID -19 in Katsina.
The late Dr. Aliyu Yakubu, whose death was announced by the State of Katsina, was a father-in-law to Abdulmalik and distant cousins, as both were from the Kogi Royal family.
The source further explained: “Upon returning from Daura and subsequent confirmation by Governor Masari that Dr. Aliyu died of coronavirus, he isolated himself in the last 14 days
"But last night, we noticed the symptoms of COVID -19 and took him to the health facility just to give up the ghost."
Confirming his death in a telephone conversation, Tijjani Aliyu, cousin of the late Abdulmalik, said: “I just received the sad news and am going to the hospital to join the Ohinoyi community in Ebira to evacuate his remains for proper burial. "
The Ebok Wokilin community in Kano, Alhaji Yahaya Sadiq, described his death as "devastating tragic news".
Sadiq said the deals are burying "a gentleman who lived for others".