According to reports, Godwin Akwaji died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) isolation centre around 12:30 pm on Thursday.
According to a family source, the lawmaker also exhibited fatigue, fever, cough, breathlessness, as he was been treated for malaria and pneumonia with no improvement.
Reacting to his death in a post on Facebook, Diana Mary Nsan wrote;
“My brother-in-law nursed him for the last two weeks up until yesterday.
“The government needs to tell us what killed him. He died at the isolation centre I suppose, so we still need to know the facts. My inlaw is self-isolating.”
Also reacting to the incident, Ebriku John Friday on Facebook said, “Black Thursday as Cross River loses Assembly member, Hon Godwin Akwaji.
“May his kind soul rest in peace.”
Cross River is the only state where any case of COVID-19 has not been confirmed in the country.
According to the situation report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for May 18, 2020, the south-south state had only tested seven samples out of its almost four million population, while neighbouring states have recorded cases and are battling community transmission.