- Nigeria recorded its first casualty from coronavirus with the victim reported to be a 67-year-old man
- The case is a former PPMC MD Suleiman Achimugu who returned home following medical treatment in the UK
- Nigerians on social media including top politicians and party loyalists have reacted to his death
In what signposts a tragic dive into a tough and turbulent time, Nigeria recorded the first casualty from Covid-19 on Monday morning, March 23.
The victim, according to a statement by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), is a 67-year-old man who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
Legit.ng confirms that the case is Alhaji Suleiman Achimugu, a former managing director of Petroleum Pricing Monitoring Corporation (PPMC).
He was said to have been battling with underlying medical conditions including multiple myeloma & diabetes.
Confirming the casualty, NCDC said: "The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK.
"He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy Our thoughts are with his family."
Since Achimugu's death was announced, prominent Nigerians have reacted to the loss which they described as colossal considering the former PPMC GMD's vast experience and the circumstance behind his death.
And among those who reacted was the former senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani. He commiserated with the family of the deceased and called on the health ministry to make clarification.
Sani wrote on his Twitter: "I received the Sad news of the passing away of Alhaji Suleiman Achimugu, the former MD of PPMC-NNPC at Gwagwalada Hospital this morning.
"May Allah forgive his soul and grant him Aljanna Firdausi. I call on the Minister of health to make clarification."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said as at Monday, March 31, the official confirmed cases of coronavirus have tragically increased to 35.
The centre made the disclosure at 9:45 am on Monday morning, adding that Edo state has recorded its first case of the global pandemic.
According to NCDC, five more cases were confirmed with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recording two more, bringing the figure to six in the country's capital and power seat.
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