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Mohammed Fawehinmi died of COVID-19 – Family

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The family of late Mohammed Fawehinmi on Thursday,  said he died of  complications from  COVID-19 infection.

The younger brother of the deceased,  Saheed Fawehinmi, who spoke on behalf of the family, disclosed this at a news briefing at his residence, Fani Kayode Street, Ikeja  GRA,  Lagos State.

Mr Fawehinmi said the family could not immediately disclose the cause of the death because,  they wanted the information to be based  on factual medical details.

“Today, however, we are in a position to inform you that our dear  brother  died from COVID-19 related complications.

“Arising from this, we want to  urge all Nigerians  to take  necessary  precautions  to avoid  being infected  by the  deadly disease, including, but not  limited to taking  the required doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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“The public should ensure  wearing of face  masks, regular hand  sanitising,  hand washing with soap  and maintaining  social distancing amidst crowd,” he said.

He urged the government to step up  public enlightenment  on the deadly disease,  so that  many Nigerians, especially those whose immune systems could easily be compromised because of underlying illnesses, could be more careful.

He, however,  urged Federal and state governments to invest more in healthcare, urging the government to do all that was necessary  to end  ongoing strike by  the National Association of Resident Doctors.

Mr Mohammed, eldest son of late legal icon and activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, died at about 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11,  after a brief illness in a Lagos hospital, at the age of 52.

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NAN had earlier reported that Lanre Arogundade, Director of the International Press Centre, said on behalf of the family,  that night of tributes and songs. would hold on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Archbishop Vining Cathedral in Ikeja,  from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Saheed Fawehinmi reiterated that internment would take place on Friday, Aug. 27, at the Gani Fawehinmi Family Compound in Ondo, Ondo state,   after a brief funeral service.

The late Mohammed Fawehinmmi had a law degree from the University of Buckingham, England and was called to bar in 1998.

In 2003, he was involved in a sole auto crash in Lagos, which affected his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair.

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