Nigeria has announced its first death caused by a coronavirus in the country.
This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, March 23, 2020.
The deceased is a 67-year-old male who returned to Nigeria following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
“He had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy,” the NCDC said
The deceased is Suleiman Achimugu, a former managing director of the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC).
According to a statement by his family, Achimugu died on Sunday, March 22 while receiving treatment at a specialist hospital after he tested positive.
“He has since been buried according to Islamic rites,” the statement read.
Achimugu is Nigeria’s 36th confirmed case of coronavirus in a total of six states – Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, and Edo.