Ecobank closes Abuja branch after customer, Suleiman Achimugu, dies of COVID-19

Former PPMC MD, Suleiman Achimugu

Ecobank Plc has temporarily shut down its Wuse II Abuja branch following the death of one of its customers from COVID-19.

Suleiman Achimugu, a former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), who is the first to die in Nigeria of the virus, had visited the branch on March 12, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday.

It also said Mr Achimugu did not show any symptoms at the time of the visit.

“In line with best standards and out COVIO-19 response plans, we have, therefore, immediately temporarily closed the branch and all staff at the location have been put in mandatory self-isolation for 14 days, in full compliance with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control guidelines and to ensure their wellbeing and those at our customers. We have promptly informed the NCDC,” the statement read.

Ecobank advised that anyone who visited the branch in the past week should immediately self-isolate for 14 days.