The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, has confirmed the death of three Nigerians from the coronavirus disease in the United States.
Mr. Okoyen made this announcement in a statement sent to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York in the evening of Saturday, April 4.
He said one of them, a doctor from Abia, contacted the virus while on duty in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.
The first case is a 60-year-old lady, Mrs. Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali of Kano descent, who died March 25th, on receiving treatment at the Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, New York.
The envoy identified the second person as a 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, from Calabar, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University, who died on Saturday, March 28, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
While the last case is a medical practitioner, Dr. Caleb Anya, from Ohafia, in Abia state who died while rendering services to humanity on the forefront of the fight against coronavirus in New York, April 1.
On behalf of the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, Mr. Okoyen wishes to extend condolences to the families of the deceased Nigerians in this tragic circumstance.
The consul general saluted the sacrifice of medical personnel and other essential workers risking their lives on the front-line to save others.
He also stated that they are particularly very proud of Nigerian medical professionals in the United States of America who form part of the incredible workforce in the service of humanity at this time he added.