- The consul general of Nigeria in New York has confirmed the death of three Nigerians in the US
- The three were victims of the deadly COVID-19 which has hit the country hard
- Benaoyagha Okoyen extended his condolences to the families of the deceased Nigerians
Three Nigerians who tested positive to COVID-19 have died in the United States. This was disclosed by the consul general of Nigeria in New York, Benaoyagha Okoyen.
Okoyen, in a statement, identified the victims as a doctor from Abia, 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, and a 60-year-old female, NAN reports.
The statement read: “The first case was a 60-year-old lady, Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali of Kano descent, who died on March 25, while receiving treatment at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
"Secondly, 25-year-old Bassey Offiong from Calabar, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, died on Saturday, March 28, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
"Unfortunately, the last case was a medical practitioner, Dr Caleb Anya, from Ohafia in Abia state."
According to Okoyen, Anya was at the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. He was serving humanity when he met his untimely death.
“On behalf of the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, I wish to extend our condolences to the families of the deceased Nigerians in this tragic circumstance," he added.
Legit.ng had reported about a top Nigerian doctor who lost his life in the US as COVID-19 hit the country hard.
Anya reportedly died exactly five days he was admitted into a New York hospital after contracting COVID-19.
In the same vein, the death of Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali was also reported. The 60-year-old woman was the elder sister to the permanent secretary of Kano state’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Her death was revealed on Thursday, March 26, by Salihu Yakasai, spokesman to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.
Legit.ng also reported that Nigeria lost one of its nationals to the dreaded coronavirus in the United Kingdom.
Mrs Sheba Ogheneovo Kudehinbu, née Eferoghene, who is an indigene of Delta state reportedly lost her life on Friday morning, after battling with the disease for days.
The Nation reports that Kudehinbu is a native of Ughievwen Kingdom in Ughelli South council area of Delta state.
The national coordinator of the Urhobo Renaissance Society (URS), a body of academia and professionals of Urhobo nationality, Prof. Hope Eghagha, disclosed this on Facebook late Friday, April 3.
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