Bauchi Deputy Governor, Sen. Baba Tela, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Tela, who doubles as chairman of the State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was said to have contracted the virus while discharging his responsibility.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Bauchi Governor, Muhktar Gidado, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday.
According to Gidado, the confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) after he exhibited symptoms.
He said: “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State who is also the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19 was confirmed positive for coronavirus.
“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the Committee.
“Consequently, His Excellency, Baba Tela has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.”
The Governor’s media aide said the samples of all his primary contacts have also been taken to NCDC for testing.