Alhaji Mohammed Ahmad Asha, the Emir of Kaura-Namoda in Zamfara State, has reportedly died of suspected COVID-19 complications.
His sample had been sent off to Abuja for tests after he displayed symptoms of the Coronavirus.
According to Alhaji Mustafa Jafaru Kaura, Publicity Secretary for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in the state, the emir passed away at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, where he was in isolation since Thursday.
He said the remains of the late emir were still in the hospital awaiting burial by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Aged 71, the late emir was appointed in 2004 by the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Yariman Bakura.