March 23, 2020
The claim by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that it has only recorded one death thus far arising from the outbreak of coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has been refuted by Femi Fani-Kayode.
The former Aviation Minister in a post on Twitter on Monday while reacting to the death of former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Suleiman Achimugu, said that he is the second person to die of the virus in Nigeria.
According to Fani-Kayode, the first death from coronavirus was an American in Ekiti State.
Fani-Kayode wrote on Twitter: “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.
The NCDC on Monday confirmed what it said the first death from the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria.
The NCDC disclosed this via its Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, saying the deceased was a 67-year-old United Kingdom returnee.
It said: “The first #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
“He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.”
The Centre had on Monday morning confirmed five fresh cases of COVID-19 in Abuja, Lagos and Edo States.
The fresh discoveries bring to 35 the number of confirmed Coronaviruscases in the country.