Former managing director of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, Suleiman Achimugu has died of coronavirus, multiple sources said on Monday.
He is the first casualty of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Achimugu is said to have arrived in Nigeria from the UK two weeks ago. He reportedly started showing symptoms of the disease on Tuesday.
His family are said to have reported to the NCDC soon after, with the health authorities coming to the house to take a blood sample.
They never got back to the family, sources said
As of Sunday afternoon, the former PPMC MD was coughing profusely, and the NCDC was called to inquire about his results.
The result was positive.
He was picked up and rushed to the hospital at Gwagwalada, FCT.
Achimugu died at 2 am Monday morning.
His family are currently under quarantine in their house.
He has since be buried according to Islamic rites
His family has issued a statement on the development:
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
FOR THE FAMILY