Public Figures Who Have Died From COVID-19 in Nigeria

...As death toll goes on the rise

By Tunde Olorungbotemi , 7th July 2020

Covid-19 fatalities

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic infecting both the young and old around the world, the death toll resulting from the crisis has continued to be on the increase, which is now becoming a scary scenario here in Nigeria, Voice Air Media reports.

Many people are disappearing and seem to be passing away from "unknown illnesses, and mysterious deaths."

On 28th February, 2020 , Nigeria recorded its first index case of coronavirus.

Recall that an Italian national, was confirmed positive to COVID-19 in the country.

Here is the profile of six prominent Nigerians who died after contracting the virus gathered by VOICE AIR MEDIA...

1. Suleiman Achimugu

Suleiman Achimugu is a former Managing Director of PPMC, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) subsidiary in charge of petroleum products marketing and distribution.

Mr Achimugu’s family said he died on March 23rd after showing symptoms of the virus following his return to the country from the United Kingdom.

The NCDC said the victim had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes – and was undergoing chemotherapy before returning to Nigeria.

According to the World Health Organisation, patients with diabetes may be at extra risk for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mortality.

The late Achimugu was said to have informed the NCDC personally of his conditions after which he was immediately taken to the COVID-19 centre in Abuja where he tested positive.

Mr Achimugu was buried according to Islamic rites on Sunday, six days after he tested positive to the virus.

The death which was reported widely on local media sparked fears in the nation and resulting to lockdown in some major States/city of the country; Lagos, Ogun and Abuja on March 30th for 14 days.

2. Abba Kyari

On April 17, Nigerian president’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari , succumbed to coronavirus at 69, becoming the most popular COVID-19 fatality in West Africa as at then.

His burial which took place the following day at the military cemetery in Gudu in Abuja drew immediate backlash from Nigerians because senior government officials who attended the event did not adhere to health advisories and safety protocols against COVID-19.

About a week before he tested positive for the virus, he was in Germany meeting with energy officials at Siemens on a deal to restore Nigeria’s electricity grid.

He was transferred from the Nation's capital, Abuja to Lagos for medical care where he was confirmed dead.

3. Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi, a two-term governor in Nigeria’s southwestern Oyo State died from underlying health conditions after contracting coronavirus.

He passed away in Lagos at the age of 70 on June 25. His death had been dispelled by the family a week before, when his situation reportedly worsened and reports were rife that he had died.

His spokesperson, Bolaji Tunji, initially debunked the rumours of his death.

Although unconfirmed reports had it that he might have been infected on that flight, it is still unclear how the septuagenarian contracted the contagion.

Mr Ajimobi was born on December 16, 1949, in Oyo State, South-west Nigeria.

He served as senator before his election as Oyo governor in 2011. In 2015, he became the first Oyo State governor to win a re-election bid.

4. Wahab Adegbenro

The Ondo State Commissioner of Health, Wahab Adegbenro, died from COVID-19 complications on July 2 at the state’s infectious disease hospital.

Many who spoke about the late Adegbenro said he was one of the most hard-working cabinet members of the State Government.

Before venturing into politics, he runs his hospital in the state where he provides less expensive healthcare, sometimes free, to many residents.

5. Bayo Osinowo

Before his death, Mr Osinowo was a senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District. He passed away on June 15 at the age of 64.

His death came at a time when he urged the public to be mindful of the deadly virus.

6. Adisa Logun

Kwara State CoS passed on as result of complications from rhe coronavirus infection on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020.

The Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor, Alh. Adisa Logun is an industrialist, a public intellectual, and an elder statesman who died only a few hours after the test of his result returned positive.

Currently, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 29, 789 infections resulting in 669 deaths and 12, 108 have been discharged in 36 states and the federal capital Territory, the NCDC stated. 

With a total of 152, 952 tests have been carried out as of July 6th, 2020.

Meanwhile, the novel covid19 has killed at least 539,620 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last December.

At least 11,693,770 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 6,145,500 are now considered recovered.

EDITORIAL NOTICE: Voice Air Media has repeatedly advised Nigerians to stick to health protocols such as social distancing in public spaces, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing.

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