Professor Balarabe Maikaba of the Mass communication Department of Bayero University has died.
A relative of the deceased, who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the deceased, who was diabetic, complained of fever on Saturday.
“When he complained of fever, we rushed him to the hospital where he died not long ago. We are already moving to the Abattoir cemetery where he will be buried,” he said.
NAN reports that Maikaba played a prominent role in the unbundling of the Department of Mass Communication of Buk into various departments and its subsequent upgrade to the status of a Faculty.
He served in various capacities including Head of Department, Dean of the Faculty and other key academic positions in the university.
Maikaba also played a prominent role in the development of commercial digital television and Radio FM stations in Kano and Jigawa States, and also contributed to the growth of the Hausa Film Industry (Kannywood).
NAN reports that Maikaba’s demise is the latest in a series of deaths recorded in Kano metropolis in the past few weeks.
Burial prayer for the deceased was held by 4pm at his family house, near Plaza cinema, Fagge quarters in Kano city.
It is speculated that an unidentified ailment has been responsible for massive deaths recorded lately in Kano state, especially within Dala, Fagge, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale, and Kano Municipal.
Prominent persons that died in Kano on Saturday April 25 include Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, Dr Musa Umar Gwarzo, Alhaji Dahiru Rabiu (former Grand Khadi), Musa Tijjani (Editor of Triumph Newspaper) and Adamu Isyaku Dal, who was a former Executive Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board.
Others are Alhaji Salisu Lado, Hajiya Shamsiyya Mustapha, Hajiyaj Nene Umma, Alhaji Garba Sarki Fagge, Dr Nasiru Maikano Bichi, Secretary Student Affairs, North West University, Prof Aliyu Umar Dikko of Physiology Department, Bayero University Kano, and Ado Gwanja’s mother, among others.