Exactly three months after Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case, the country had its highest daily toll ever.
An Italian who flew into the country from Milan tested positive for the disease on February 27.
On Wednesday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 389 new cases and two were from Kogi state.
The number of fatalities increased from 249 to 254, while recoveries increased from 2,385 to 2,501.
A total of 8,733 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in 35 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).