– COVID-19 has claimed the life of another high profile Nigerian, Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora
– A family source said Kontagora who is a former military administrator died on Sunday, January 10
– The remains of the deceased will be buried on Monday, January 11, according to the Islamic rite
Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora, a former military administrator of Kano and Benue states, is dead, according to a report by Channels TV.
Kontagora reportedly died on Sunday night, January 10, after a brief illness at a hospital in Abuja.
A close family member of the former military administrator who announced the death said Kontagora died of COVID-19 related complications.
The family source whose name was not revealed said he will be buried today, Monday, January 11, in line with the Islamic injunction.
Born in 1956, Colonel Kontagora served as the administrator of Benue state from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
He was also the administrator of Kano state from September 1998 to May 1999, under the regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Recent high profile COVID-19 deaths
The Lagos state deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat, recently lost his 37-year-old brother, Dr Haroun Hamzat, to COVID-19 complications.
Haroun was a medical officer at one of the Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) under Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA) before his death.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) also confirmed the passing of the medical expert, in a terse statement sent to journalists.
Also, Professor Durojaiye Ajeyalemi, a former dean of Students’ Affairs, University of Lagos (UNILAG), died of COVID-19.
Ajeyalemi, until his demise on Wednesday, January 6, was a professor of Curriculum Studies.
Similarly, former vice-chancellor of UNILAG, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, died of COVID-19.
Professor Ibidapo-Obe was, until his death, the pro-chancellor and chairman of the Council of First Technical University, Ibadan.
His death was confirmed in a statement on Sunday, January 3, by the registrar and secretary to the council of the university, Olayinka Balogun.
Recent COVID-19 casualty statistics from NCDC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recently announced that 12 people died on Friday, January 8 from COVID-19.
The NCDC made this confirmation around midnight on Friday in a tweet on its official Twitter handle.
In the tweet, NCDC’s stats showed that Nigeria’s COVID-19 death toll rose from 1,330 on Thursday, January 7 to 1, 342 on Friday.
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