Nigeria Monday recorded 35 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Media reports revealed that the country has recorded its first coronavirus death as well. A former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, was reported this morning to have died of Coronavirus.
Achimugu returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom two weeks ago. Upon his return, he started showing symptoms of the virus last Tuesday, according to SaharaReporters.
He eventually died around 2:00am on Monday after coughing severely for most part of Sunday.
A family source who spoke with SaharaReporters said that the officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control were informed of his situation and that they took his blood sample for testing but they never got back to his family until he died overnight. His blood sample tested positive for the virus.
“NCDC officials came to the house and took his blood specimen. Even though it tested positive, they never got back to us until he died at a hospital in Gwagwalada”, the reported stated.
The entire family is under quarantine a source revealed to SaharaReporters.
“We are all currently under quarantine in the house”.
BREAKING: Family Confirms Death Of Ex-PPMC Managing Director, Achimugu, To Coronavirus | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/uABzhZPbkN
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) March 23, 2020
Former MD of PPMC Suleiman Achimugu has died from Coronavirus. He is the 2nd casualty in Nigeria. The 1st was an American who died in Ekiti state. Achimugu got back from the UK 2 weeks ago. May the Lord defend & protect our nation &people from this evil scourge &demonic plague.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) March 23, 2020