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Kano Speaker escapes from COVID-19 isolation

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The Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Hamisu Chidari, has gone into hiding after the Federal Government declared him wanted. He was said to have breached the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) safety protocols for travellers into the country.

Hamisu, according to available report, was among the travellers declared ‘wanted’ by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for failure to submit to the centre.

The Speaker had reportedly returned to the country through the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, from Saudi Arabia via Ethiopian Airline on May 17, 2021. He repotedly presented a COVID-19 test certificate, which was later discovered to be fake.

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“On his arrival at the airport, he was conveyed to the National Women Development Centre along with others where they were expected to be isolated for seven days. But the Speaker requested to be isolated at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. He was granted the request. Incidentally, he escaped from the hotel to unknown destination,” The Guardian was told.

Chidari, with passport number B50022050, was number 66 on the list of 132 violators published by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.

He was among dignitaries that attended the sixth anniversary of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration at Coronation Hall, Government House, on Saturday.

Although, it was not certain whether he has reported himself to the appropriate authority, as efforts to reach him for clarification proved abortive.

When The Guardian got to the assembly, security officers on duty said the legislative house had remained shut since the legislative workers went on strike.

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