Recently, Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, warned that the Lagos state government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, working to curtail the spread of coronavirus may have been overwhelmed going by the experience of one of his friends who was turned back after reporting at the isolation centre.
The death of a Lagos lawyer, Babajide Arije from the complications of the COVID-19 yesterday may have corroborated this claim.
But for his death, he would have been 60 years today.
Newsnow investigation revealed that Mr. Arije who spoke to the Lagos state commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi around 5am on Sunday, April 26, and also called the NCDC lines several times was not evacuated until around 1.00pm and before much help could come, he died around 5.00pm because of underlying health conditions.
Before his death, Mr. Arije made frantic efforts to contact his close friends and send SOS to some of them when it was becoming very difficult for him to breathe.
He was said to have told his friends on WhatsApp group while waiting to be evacuated his ordeal around 10.10am. “Pls pray for me. No voice calls please. Iam under severe distress. Can’t breathe.”
Announcing his death, one of Mr. Arije’s friends wrote thus: “With heavy hearts and total submission to the will of Almighty God, we announce the demise of our friend Babajide Arije Esq. He died this afternoon (yesterday) of complications from COVID-19. He was a good parent and husband, a good and warm hearted friend and a great soul. He would have been 60 years old tomorrow.
“Last Wednesday evening, he stepped out to the shopping complex in his estate where he resides to get some supplies. He showed no symptoms of COVID-19 save the cough which I also noticed in January or thereabouts.
“So from looking healthy four days ago, we lost him because he has some underlying medical conditions and COVID-19 took the best of him.
“This invincible enemy is real and out to take lives, so please stay safe by staying at home.
“May Jide’s soul rest in peace and may Almighty God protect and keep the rest of us.”