- The Achimugu family has confirmed the death Nigeria’s first identified coronavirus casualty, Suleiman Achimugu
- The family in a statement disclosed that Suleiman Achimugu died after showing symptoms of the virus after his return to the country from the United Kingdom
- The statement issued by the family explained that the former managing director was in self-isolation upon his return from the UK
The Achimugu family has confirmed the death of Nigeria’s first identified coronavirus casualty, Suleiman Achimugu, who was a former managing director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC.
The family in a statement signed by a member of the family, Abubakar Achimugu, disclosed that Suleiman died of the virus on Sunday, March 22, after showing symptoms of the disease after his return to the country from the United Kingdom recently, Premium Times reports.
It was explained that the former managing director who 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," the statement read.
The family urged the public to pray upon his soul and the recovery of infected persons.
The statement also implored people to maintain public social distancing and restriction.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has debunked as false and malicious reports that a case of Covid-19 has been reported in Kano state.
The centre, in a statement through its official Twitter handle on Sunday, March 22, said the news was maliciously set out to create fear and tension amid ongoing coronavirus scare in the county.
Legit.ng reports that the fake news bore the fake logos of CNN and BBC Hausa service and alleged that two students of Bayero University, Kano have been confirmed positive of the Corona Virus disease.
But in a statement corroborating NCDC, Kano information officer of the ministry of health, Hadiza Namadi, refuted the news, adding that it was "false and nothing but a white lie by mischief-makers.
In another news report, Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president of Nigeria, on Monday, March 23, called for workers to stay at home amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
The first lady disclosed this in a tweet shared on her official Twitter account. Mrs. Buhari who appreciated the governors who closed down schools to curb the spread of COVID-19, however, expressed concern about parents who still go to work.
Aisha made the call after a number of governors announced the closure of schools in their states. She noted that this is counterproductive as students should not be isolated while their parents who go to work risk been exposed to the virus.
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