Former Managing Director of Pipeline Products and Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNOC), Mr. Suleiman Achimugu, has died of complications from COVID-19.
He passed on at the Specialist Hospital, Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, in the early hours of Monday morning, Daily Sun newspaper reported.
He is the first casualty of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
In a statement by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC):
“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.”
Achimugu was said to have arrived in Nigeria from the UK two weeks ago. He reportedly started showing symptoms of the disease on Tuesday.
His family was said to have reported to the NCDC soon after, with the health authorities coming to the house to take a blood sample.
They never got back to the family, Daily Sun further learnt.
As of Sunday afternoon, the former PPMC MD was coughing profusely, and the NCDC was called to inquire about his results.
The result was positive.
He was picked up and rushed to the hospital at Gwagwalada, FCT.
Achimugu died at 2 o’clock Monday morning.
His family is currently under quarantine in his house.
The NCDC will handle the burial, Daily Sun also learnt.