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General News of Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Source: MyNigeria

COVID-19: Atiku's son denies handshake with Bala Muhammed

Mohammed Atiku and Bala Muhammed Mohammed Atiku and Bala Muhammed

Mohammed Atiku, the son of former vice president Atiku Abubakar, has denied claims that he passed COVID-19 to Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State after they had a handshake.

Both men were said to have met onboard an Aero Contractors aircraft where they had a handshake during a greeting.

It was later announced that Mohammed Atiku tested positive to the virus forcing the Bauchi State governor to undergo a test which came out positive as revealed in the statement below.

“This is to inform the general public that the results of the six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is (sic) out.

“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID-19. The positive result happens to be that of His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State.

“At this point, it should be noted that the governor is on self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) have taken full charge of his quarantine.

“His Excellency solicits for prayers from all and requests that all those who had contact with him or anyone known to have the same medical condition to go for test immediately in order to avert further spread of COVID-19 epidemic.

Atiku's family has now denied having anything to do with Bala Muhammed testing positive to the virus.

A Whatsapp message sent to LIB reads: "Mohammed did not shake hands with Governor Bala Mohammed. He sat on a seat across the aisle on the Aero Contractors flight from Lagos to Abuja. Governor Bala was in Germany until the 15th of March 2020 and did not go into self-isolation".