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Nigeria confirmed its first fatality from coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said today.

The 67-year-old man, Suleiman Achimugu, died in the capital Abuja after returning to Nigeria following a medical procedure in the UK.

Achimugu, a former managing director of Nigeria’s Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, had underlying medical conditions including multiple myeloma and diabetes and he was also undergoing chemotherapy, the NCDC said.

The 67-year-old man, Suleiman Achimugu (pictured), died in the capital Abuja after returning to Nigeria following a medical procedure in the UK

The 67-year-old man, Suleiman Achimugu (pictured), died in the capital Abuja after returning to Nigeria following a medical procedure in the UK

The 67-year-old man, Suleiman Achimugu (pictured), died in the capital Abuja after returning to Nigeria following a medical procedure in the UK

In a statement, his family said he died on Sunday, ‘some days’ after returning from the UK.

He had self-isolated before experiencing symptoms and going to a specialist hospital for testing and treatment.

A man stands with sanitiser in his hand at the entrance of a Living Faith Church, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Lagos, Nigeria

A man stands with sanitiser in his hand at the entrance of a Living Faith Church, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Lagos, Nigeria

A man stands with sanitiser in his hand at the entrance of a Living Faith Church, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Lagos, Nigeria 

On Sunday, the governor of Lagos state called on all non-essential government workers to work from home and practice social distancing for at least two weeks, and appealed to the private sector to do the same

On Sunday, the governor of Lagos state called on all non-essential government workers to work from home and practice social distancing for at least two weeks, and appealed to the private sector to do the same

On Sunday, the governor of Lagos state called on all non-essential government workers to work from home and practice social distancing for at least two weeks, and appealed to the private sector to do the same

Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, confirmed five new cases of coronavirus on Monday.

Two of them were travellers who had returned from the United Kingdom.

There are now 36 confirmed cases, 25 of which are in the commercial capital Lagos, a city with some 20 million residents. Two patients have been discharged.

On Sunday, the governor of Lagos state called on all non-essential government workers to work from home and practice social distancing for at least two weeks, and appealed to the private sector to do the same. 

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