Suleiman Achimugu, a former Managing Director of the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company, has been revealed to be the first person to die due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria after his family confirmed the case.
The family revealed that he’d been in self isolation after returning from UK and that he’d called the NCDC to come test him after showing symptoms.
A statement from the family issued by Abubakar Achimugu, reads:
”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 receiving 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.”
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