The first Coronavirus (COVID19) death has been recorded in Nigeria.
The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK, said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) @NCDCgov on Monday in a tweet.
The Deceased was said to have had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.
In a statement obtained by The Sight News, the deceased was revealed to be a former Managing Director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Engr. Suleiman Achimugu who died at 2 AM on Monday.
The statement signed by one Abubakar Achimugu read “Our family is deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of our beloved Father, Uncle, Brother and friend. Engr. Suleiman Achimugu (former Md of PPMC).
“He died of COVID 19 on 22/03/2020 some days after he arrived Nigeria from the UK. He was in self isolation upon his return from the UK and personally called NCDC after experiencing some discomfort that are related to COVID 19 symptoms.
“He tested positive and was promptly evacuated to the specialist hospital. He died while recieving treatment.
“We implore the general public to pray upon his soul and the recovery of infected persons. Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.
“Please maintain the public social distancing and restriction advice as we all walk through this very difficult time.
“He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. May Allah SWA have mercy on him.Ameen.
“ABUBAKAR ACHIMUGU FOR THE FAMILY”
Following this, Nigeria now has 36 confirmed cases, 33 active cases, two (2) discharged and one (1) death.
Breakdown of cases by states in real time shows, Lagos- 25; FCT-6; Ogun- 2; Ekiti- 1; Oyo- 1; and Edo- 1 making a total: 36 confirmed cases.