Nigeria has recorded the first death from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the death in its update on the virus on Monday.
It said the 67-year-old deceased had underlying medical issues and was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
The patient, Suleiman Achimugu, former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), died at 2 am on Monday.
Achimugu, a native of Kogi State, was said to have returned from the United Kingdom two weeks ago.
He was said to have started exhibiting the symptoms of the virus on Tuesday, and the case was reported to the NCDC. The NCDC who took his blood sample for a test.
He tested positive and was evacuated to the specialist hospital, Gwagwalada, FCT, but died while receiving treatment.
His family is currently under quarantine at home.
A statement from the family issued by Abubakar Achimugu said the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.
”We implore the general public to pray upon his soul and the recovery of infected persons. Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.
”Please maintain the public social distancing and restriction advice as we all walk through this tough time. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. May Allah SWA have mercy on him.”
Earlier in the day, Nigeria recorded five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 36.
Out of the 36 cases, 33 are active, while two patients have recovered and discharged.
According to the NCDC, the virus has spread to six states — FCT, with seven cases; Lagos, 24 cases; Oyo, one case; Ogun, two cases; Ekiti, one case, and Edo, one case.