The family of late Mohammed Fawehinmi on Thursday said he died of complications from a COVID-19 infection.
The younger brother of the deceased, Mr 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.
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.
“The public should ensure the wearing of face masks, regular hand sanitising, hand washing with soap and maintaining social distancing amidst the 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 the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 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.
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 interment would take place on Friday, Aug. 27, at the Gani Fawehinmi Family Compound in Ondo, Ondo state, after a brief funeral service.
NAN also recalls that 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 the wheelchair.