Woman who died in Aliyu's office had cardiac arrest -Doctor

By The Citizen

The Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, on Tuesday said Hajiya Belkisu Mahmoud, who slumped in Government House on Monday died of a heart problem after severe coughing.

Recounting the incident in Government House, Aliyu said the woman died half an hour after being rushed to the hospital.

The governor said, 'The woman came into my office panting. I thought it was because of the stairs she climbed but she told me that she was sick and had a heart problem.

'She came to lay some complaints on some issues in the state; and as she was speaking, she started coughing. When the coughing did not stop, I sent for an ambulance which took her to the hospital.

'I want to state here that I was in the office till late in the evening waiting to hear report about her health, and I was shocked to hear she died.'

He explained that to honour the late Mahmoud, he would look into the issues she had complained about and order an investigation into the matter.

Aliyu said, 'The issues she came to discuss was spread across the state urban development board, NSEMA, water board and revenue collection.'

The governor condoled with the family of the deceased, urging the Head of Service to ensure all her entitlements were paid to the family in due time.

The Government House Doctor, Dr. Abdulmalik Ara, said the late Mahmoud had cardiac asthma, adding that her lung was filled with fluids, which hindered the penetration of the oxygen that was administered to her. PUNCH