Abdullahi Lawal, a top banker with a first generation bank was reported to have died in Kano on Friday after contacting Covid-19.
The late banker, whose mother-in-law’s (Haliya Salma Ahmed), audio recording went viral acussing the Kano state government and the NCDC of neglect leading to the death of her son-in-law. Also called for help regarding the health of her daughter and her grand children.
She had painted a gory picture in the viral audio of how NCDC frustrated her attempt to secure a helpline for her son-in-law. Saying “the family had called the “Kano NCDC” line several times but couldn’t get through. They finally got to “Abuja NCDC”, and were assured that officials in Kano would visit the patient to take his samples”.
According to her, no one visited up untill her son-in-law died in agony, and she was now worried that her daughter and other family members might also have contacted the virus.
NCDC official however stormed the home of the deceased on Saturday taking blood samples of five family members for Covid-19 text.
Meanwhile in a statement mourning the deceased banker who died of suspected COVID-19, the employer wrote:
“FirstBank mourns as we confirm the loss of our staff, Abdullahi Lawal who until his passing worked at our Kano Main Branch.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time as we do all that is necessary to support them. We ask that all necessary courtesies be extended to the family so they can grieve privately.
“As a responsible corporate organization, FirstBank has been at the fore-front of the concerted efforts against the coronavirus pandemic alongside others.
“We have robust protocols in place including practicing social distancing, frequently disinfecting our buildings and locations even whilst ensuring services are available through our alternative channels such as our ATMs and other digital platforms.
“We have immediately therefore, shut down access to the premises as we disinfect the entire location and ask all staff and customers who may have been in contact with our late colleague to follow the NCDC guidelines and self-isolate. We will, as a matter of course, extend all possible support to staff and customers at this difficult time.
“Our thoughts are with the family he left behind and indeed with the wider FirstBank family who mourn this loss deeply at this time.
“We remain committed to protecting the health and safety of all staff, customers and host communities, as together the fight against coronavirus will be won.”