Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Tuesday said Hajiya Belkisu Mahmoud, the woman who slumped in Government House on Monday died of a heart problem after suffering a bout of severe coughing.
Narrating how the incident happened in Government House, Minna, Gov. Aliyu said the woman died half an hour after being rushed to the hospital.
“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”, the governor narrated.
He added that to honour the memory of the deceased, 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 expressed his condolence to the family of the deceased and urged the Head of Service to ensure all her entitlements were paid to the family in due time.
Giving an insight to what led to the late Mahmoud’s death, the medical doctor in charge of the Government House clinic, Dr. Abdulmalik Ara said she had cardiac asthma, adding that her lung was filled with fluids, which hindered the penetration of the oxygen that was administered to her.